Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

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Area served Santa Clara County, CA
Formation 1972
Routes 60
Weekday Ridership 114,600

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority or VTA is a transit operator in the San Jose and Santa Clara County, California.

History

Public transit bus service in the San Jose area was initially provided by San Jose City Lines, Peerless Stages, and Palo Alto Transit. In 1972, the Santa Clara County Transit District (SCCTD) was created after voter referendum, and bus service turned from these three companies to "County Transit."

VTA was originally named the Santa Clara County Transit District (SCCTD). Before the name change to VTA, the agency name became known as Transportation Agency or TA from late 1993 up to 1995.[1] On January 1, 1995, SCCTD was merged with Congestion Management and remained SCCTD for about a year. At the same time (1995), the common use name changed to VTA. The official name change was delayed due to Sacramento politics.[2]

Fares

Current

Facilities

Office

  • Address: 3331 N. 1st St., San Jose, CA, 95134-1906
  • Email: customer.service@vta.org
  • Fax: 408-321-7535
  • Phone: 408-321-2300 or 1-800-894-9908

Downtown Customer Service Center

  • Address: 2 N. 1st St., San Jose, CA, 95113

Divisions and Yards

  • North Division - 1235 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA 94043
  • Cerone Division - Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134. Opened 1979. Originally called Zanker Division. Named after Ron Cerone, Former Peerless and later SCCTD Manager. [3]
  • Guadalupe Light Rail Division - 101 W Younger Ave, San Jose, CA 95110 [4]
  • Chaboya Division - 2240 S. 7th St, San Jose, CA 95112

Bus Routes

Schedules/System map

Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Shuttles

  • 822 Gray Line - South Sunnyvale
  • 823 Green Line - North Santa Clara
  • 824 Orange Line - Mountain View/Palo Alto
  • 825 Purple Line - West Milpitas
  • 826 Red Line - North Sunnyvale
  • 827 Yellow Line - South Santa Clara
  • 828 Brown Line - North San Jose
  • 831 Violet Line - East Milpitas

Rapid

  • 500 - Berryessa BART - San Jose Diridon via Downtown San Jose
  • 522 - Palo Alto Transit Center - Eastridge
  • 523 - San Jose State University - Lockheed Martin via De Anza College
  • 568 - San Jose Diridon Station - Gilroy Transit Center (Weekdays Only)

Local Bus Routes

  • 20 - Milpitas BART - Sunnyvale Transit Center
  • 21 - Stanford Shopping Center - Santa Clara Transit Center
  • 22 - Palo Alto Transit Center - Eastridge
  • 23 - De Anza College - Alum Rock Station via Stevens Creek
  • 25 - De Anza College - Alum Rock Station via Valley Med
  • 26 - West Valley College - Eastridge
  • 27 - Winchester Station - Kaiser San Jose via Downtown Los Gatos
  • 31 - Evergreen Valley College - Eastridge
  • 37 - West Valley College - Capitol Station
  • 39 - Eastridge - The Villages
  • 40 - Foothill College - Mountain View Transit Center via North Bayshore
  • 42 - Evergreen Valley College - Santa Teresa Station
  • 44 - Milpitas BART - McCarthy Ranch via Tasman & Alder
  • 47 - Milpitas BART - McCarthy Ranch via Park Victoria
  • 51 - Moffett Field/Ames Center - West Valley College
  • 52 - Foothill College - Mountain View Transit Center via El Monte
  • 53 - Sunnyvale Transit Center - Santa Clara Transit Center
  • 55 - Old Ironsides Station - De Anza College
  • 56 - Lockheed Martin - Tamien Station
  • 57 - Old Ironsides Station - West Valley College
  • 59 - Saratoga & Stevens Creek - Baypointe Station via Alviso
  • 60 - Milpitas BART - Winchester Station via SJC Airport
  • 61 - Sierra & Piedmont - Good Samaritan Hospital
  • 64A - McKee & White - Ohlone-Chynoweth Station
  • 64B - McKee & White - Almaden Expressway & Camden
  • 66 - North Milpitas - Kaiser San Jose
  • 68 - San Jose Diridon Station - Gilroy Transit Center
  • 70 - Milpitas BART or Berryessa BART - Capitol Light Rail Station via Jackson
  • 71 - Milpitas BART - Eastridge via White Road
  • 72 - Downtown San Jose - Senter & Monterey via McLaughlin
  • 73 - Downtown San Jose - Senter & Monterey via Senter
  • 77 - Mipitas BART - Eastridge via King
  • 83 - Almaden & McKean - Ohlone/Chynoweth Station
  • 84 - Gilroy Transit Center - Saint Louise Hospital via Gilroy Outlets
  • 85 - Gilroy Transit Center - Saint Louise Hospital via West Gilroy
  • 86 - Gavilan College - Gilroy Transit Center
  • 87 - Morgan Hill Civic Center - Burnett & Monterey
  • 89 - California Avenue Caltrain - Palo Alto VA Hospital

Express

  • 101 - Camden & Highway 85 to Palo Alto
  • 102 - South San Jose to Palo Alto
  • 103 - Eastridge Transit Center to Palo Alto
  • 104 - Penitenicia Creek Transit Center to Palo Alto
  • 121 - Gilroy Transit Center to Lockheed Martin Transit Center/Moffett Industrial Park
  • 122 - South San Jose to Lockheed Martin Transit Center/Moffett Industrial Park
  • 182 - Palo Alto to IBM/Bailey Ave.
  • 185 - Gilroy/Morgan Hill - Mountain View

School

  • 246 - Milpitas HS - Yellowstone/Butano
  • 247 - Milpitas HS - Park Victoria/Landess
  • 256 - Willow Glen Ed Park - Cottle/Malone - 1st & Keyes
  • 270 - Independence High School – Landess & Park Victoria
  • 287 - Live Oak High School – Monterey & San Martin
  • 288 - Veteran’s Hospital - Middlefield & Colorado
  • 288L - Veteran’s Hospital - Louis & Fielding
  • 288M - Veteran’s Hospital - Middlefield & Colorado

Discontinued

See Discontinued Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Routes

Bus Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0130-0194 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 0181-a.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
0195-0199, 0201-0220 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 0199-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
  • 0195-0199 are used on the Airport Flyer route.
  • 0201-0209 are WiFi equipped and are used on express routes.
1002-1052 (2nd) Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 1025-a.jpg 2001 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • All units were temporarily retired in August 2020.
  • A few units (including 1008, 1010, 1018, 1035, 1037, 1040 & 1052) returned to service in fall 2020.
  • By November 2021, most units returned to service.
2011-2021 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 2015-a.jpg 2001 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
2022-2071 2002 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • 2026 caught on fire and retired.[5] It is still on VTA property.
  • 2046 caught on fire and retired. It is still on VTA property and was used in emergency response drills in September 2015.[6]
2101-2123 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 2109-a.jpg 2002 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • Some retired circa 2018-2020.
  • Some active as of November 2021
2201-2256 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 2232-a.jpg 2002 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
4101-4138 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 4137-a.jpg 2014 Gillig BRT HEV 29'
(G30E102N2)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
Used on community routes.
4201-4220 2014 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE HybriDrive
hybrid system
4301-4329 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 4308-a.jpg 2014 NFI XDE60 Cummins ISL9 BAE HybriDrive
hybrid system
  • Used on the 522 Rapid.
4401-4415 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 4411-a.jpg 2014 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE HybriDrive
hybrid system
6201-6210 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 6203-a.jpg 2016 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HDS200
  • Suburban configuration, no rear door.
  • First units to feature the new VTA paint scheme.
  • Entered service on 1/3/2017.
6401-6434 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 6429-a.jpg 2016-2017 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HDS200
  • 6416 was burned and retired on 5/7/2020.
7401-7456 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 7423-a.jpg 2017-2018 Gillig Low Floor Plus HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins B6.7 BAE HDS 200
hybrid system
  • First Gillig Low Floor order built to "Low Floor Plus" specs. They feature customized standard front ends with BRT style headlights.
  • 7401 was delivered in October 2017.
7501-7505 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 7501-a.jpg 2017 Proterra Catalyst BE40 UQM HD220 Eaton EEV-7202
  • Extended range configuration.
  • Pilot buses.
  • Began to enter service in June 2018.
  • [7]
8301-8347 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 8321.jpeg 2018 NFI XDE60 Cummins L9 BAE Systems HDS300
  • Used on Routes 22, 40, 55, and 523.
  • Includes options of 8 buses.[8]
  • 8301 was delivered in June 2018.
  • 8345 was involved in an accident and sustained fire damage on 8/13/2019. The bus was totaled and retired.
9501-9505 2019 Proterra Catalyst BE40 UQM HD220 Eaton EEV-7202

On order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Notes

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
59 1942 Yellow Coach TD-4505 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
60 7/1945 GMC TD-4506 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
65-67 1946 Yellow Coach/GMC TD-4506 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
80 6/1942 Yellow Coach TD-4505 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
81 7/1945 GMC TD-4506 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
85 7/1945 GMC TD-4506 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
200-211 1974-1977 Minibus Unknown model
260-268 1963 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 Ex-Palo Alto Transit Lines 260-268.
269 11/1966 GMC TGH-3501 GMC Hydramatic
400-533 1974 Highway Products TC-31 Dodge 440 Propane
  • 6 units were leased to Santa Cruz Metro as 858-863, later 881-886 circa 1979.
  • Retired circa 1984.
  • 1 unit is owned by a private owner in Washington. After retirement it became the tech crew bus for the show The A-Team. Later it became a jewelry display mobile show room. It eventually became an RV and still runs on propane.[9]
600, 602-681 1977-1978 Gillig Gillig-Neoplan 35'
(PT-477P-35)
Ford FD-477
Propane
Allison
  • First order of Gillig-Neoplan buses placed by an agency.
  • 601 was renumbered 600.[10]
  • Retired from 1983 to 1/1/1987 due to structural and electrical problems.
  • View the series for detailed disposition info.
682-733 1978 Gillig Gillig-Neoplan 35'
(PT477-35-96)
Ford FD-477
Propane
Allison
  • Equipped with wheelchair lifts
  • An order of 50 Gillig-Neoplan buses scheduled for 1979 was cancelled.
  • Retired from 1985 to 1/1/1987 due to structural and electrical problems.
  • View the series for detailed disposition info.
1000-1065 1978 GMC RTS-01
(TH-8201)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730
1001 (2nd) 12/2000 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3
  • 2001 model.
  • Retired in early 2021.
1100-1149 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T7H-203)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730 Ordered after the last order of 50 Gillig-Neoplan buses were canceled.
1501-1584 1984 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • Retired in late 2001-2002.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
1600-1818 1981 Grumman Flxible 870
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • The final remaining units were primarily used for training by 1999-2000, but occasionally saw service.
  • Retired in 1992 & 1997-2000.
  • 1627, 1622, 1616, 1633, 1635, 1612 to Brantford Transit 9813-9818 in 1997.
  • 1714, 1774 & other units to Santa Clarita Transit circa 1997.
  • 1715, 1768, 1646, 1809, 1695, 1679, 1800, & 1804 to RTC Transit 201-208 in 1992.
  • A couple dozen units to Pierce Transit same numbers.
1703, 1709,
1712, 1717,
1720, 1734
1735, 1774,
1777, 1778,
1788, 1799,
1800, 1809,
1814, 1815
1837, 1852
1947 GMC TDH-4507 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer Ex-AC Transit same numbers; bought in 1973.
2301-2340 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 2308-a.jpg 2002 NFI D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R
  • Retired in late 2018 to summer 2019.
  • 2316, 2318, 2322 & 2333 retired in October 2018 and were sold to Santa Cruz Metro (same numbers) in December 2018.
  • 2338 was the last active unit in June 2019.
2401-2415 1983 MAN SG-310-18-2A MAN D2566 MLUM Renk-Doromat 874B To AC Transit 1630-1644 (not in numerical order) in 1988.
2501-2515 Santa Clara County Transit District 2511-a.jpg
Santa Clara County Transit District 2503-b.jpg
1983
12/1983
Crown Ikarus 286 Cummins NHHTC-300 Allison HT-740
  • They were registered and entered service in early 1984.
  • Sold to AC Transit as 1700-1714 (not in numerical order) in 1988.
3501-3508 1965 GMC TDH-3501 GMC Toro-Flow Ex-San Jose City Lines 3501-3508.
4001 2003 Gillig Low Floor 40' Fuel Cell
(G28D102N4)
Ballard Fuel Cell
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell test bus
  • Remains on VTA property
4002-4003 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40' Fuel Cell
(G28D102N4)
Ballard Fuel Cell
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell test buses
  • Remain on VTA property
4600-4655 1960-1961 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4702-4711 1960 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • Ex-Greyhound 9700-9709.
  • Originally numbered 4602-4611.
4713, 4715 196? GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4716-4717 1969 GMC T6H-5305A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • Exx-Hawaiian Scenic Tours 716-717;
  • Leased in September 1978 and purchased outright in 1982.
  • Originally numbered 4616-4617 and was renumbered in 1980.
4735 1962 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • Ex-WMATA.
  • Purchased via NIMCO.
  • Leased and later purchased outright.
4801 1962 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4804 1962 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4818 196? GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4835 1962 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4844 1963 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4853 1962 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4859, 4875 1960 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
4846 1963 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • Ex-WMATA 6326.
  • Purchased via NIMCO.
4863, 4865, 4869, 4879 1960 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5001-5005 2005 Chevrolet/ElDorado National Aero Elite Used on community routes.
6501-6510 1948 GMC TDH-4507 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
6511-6512 6/1959 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
6513-6517 1960 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-San Jose City Lines 6513-6517.
6518-6522 1962 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-San Jose City Lines 6518-6522.
6523-6527 1967 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-San Jose City Lines 6523-6527.
6604, 6616-6619 1946 GMC TD-3609 Ex-San Jose City Lines 6604, 6616-6619.
6623, 6628-6630 6/1947 GMC TDH-3610 Detroit Diesel 4-71 Ex-San Jose City Lines 6623, 6628-6630.
6641 3/1951 GMC TDH-3612 Detroit Diesel 4-71 Allison VH
6642-6644 1951 GMC TDH-3612 Detroit Diesel 4-71 Allison VH
7001-7020 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 7018-a.jpg 2007 Chevrolet/ElDorado National Aero Elite
  • Used on community routes.
  • 7018-7020 in DASH livery.
8001-8024 2008 Chevrolet/ElDorado National Aero Elite
  • Retired in 2014.
  • Used on community routes.
  • 8001 in DASH livery.
8601-8640 1986 Flxible Metro "A"
(30096-6C)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
  • Retired circa 2002.
  • 8636 was bought by Michael's Transportation in Vallejo, CA. It was spotted in February 2004 and was later sold off.[12]
  • 1 unit was bought by an unknown owner and was converted into a movie production bus known as "Cinecoach." It was auctioned off on 10/8/2011.
8641-8649 1986 Flxible Metro "A"
(35102-6C)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
8650-8693 1986 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
  • Retired circa 2002.
  • 8678 was bought by an unknown owner. It was found in a scrap yard in Chico, CA on 11/27/2019.
  • 8687 was bought by a used car dealer in Weed, CA. It was spotted for sale in 2005.[14]
8801-8855 1988 TMC RTS-06
(T80-206)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Retired in 2002.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
9001-9020 1991 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
  • Retired in 2003.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
9021-9034 1991 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
  • Suburban configuration w/ rear door.
  • Used for the Super Express.
  • Retired in 2003.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
9201-9291 1992 Flxible Metro "C"
(40102-6C)
Cummins ISM Voith D863.2
  • Rehabbed and repowered from their original Cummins L10 CELECT engines in 2002.
  • Retired circa 2007-2008.
  • 9216, 9265, 9259 & 9235 to UC Santa Cruz #?, 65, 97 & 98.
  • 9285, 9250, 9263, 9268, 9261, 9281, 9279, 9267 to Santa Barbara MTD 501-508 circa 2007.
  • 17 units were auctioned off on 6/20/2008.[15]
9301-9355 1993 Flxible Metro "D"
(40102-6C)
9301-9350: Cummins M11
9351-9355: Detroit Diesel Series 50
Voith D863.3
  • Retired in 2004-2005.
  • 9354 was totaled in an accident circa 1995. An operator used it as a shield to protect an infant in a stalled car from getting hit by another car. It then sat by O&R at the Cerone division and became a parts bus.
9701 1996 Gillig Phantom 40'
(M11-T40-102)
Cummins M11-280E Allison B400R5
  • Retired in 2011.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
9702-9786 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 9763-a.jpg 3-4/1997
9-10/1997
Gillig Phantom 40'
(M11-T40-102)
(40/102TB M11)
Cummins M11-280E Allison B400R5
  • Retired in 2011-2017.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
9801-9847 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 9837-a.jpg 1998 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins M11-280E Allison B400R5/6
  • Retired in 2016-2018.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
9901-9912 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 9903-a.jpg 1999 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R6
  • Retired in 2017-2018.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
9951-9953 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 9953-a.jpg 1999 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R5
  • Retired in 2017-2018.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.

Light Rail

Routes

Schedules/System map

  • Blue Line - Baypointe - Santa Teresa
  • Green Line - Old Ironsides - Winchester
  • Orange Line - Mountain View - Alum Rock
  • 920 - Historic Trolley

Active Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
900 2004 Kinki-Sharyo
901-902 2001 Kinki-Sharyo Prototype cars
903-930 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 904A-a.jpg 2002 Kinki-Sharyo
931-950 2003 Kinki-Sharyo
951-999 2004 Kinki-Sharyo

Retired Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
801-850 1986-1987 UTDC SLRV BBC 4EL0260C
  • 802 and 803 built in Thunder Bay, ON.
  • All other units were partially assembled in Thunder Bay, with final assembly at the old San Jose Steel facility near the former Western Pacific Railroad yard.
  • 804 Named "Challenge" after a naming contest (winning entry was "Challenger" but changed due to the recent Challenger disaster).
  • Retired in 2003.
  • 19 units (including 802 & 811) were sold to Sacramento RT in 2003. They were stored until 2015, when they were rehabbed by Siemens and put into service. They became their 300 series units.[16]
  • 29 units were sold to UTA as 1041-1069 in 2006.

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