Public Transit Service Updates (COVID-19)

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

[Published June 3, 2020; Updated July 29, 2020] 

Amids the novel coronavirus pandemic, VTA has taken action to support the people of Santa Clara County and their transportation needs. The following actions are currently in place:

  1. Suspended Fare Collection - VTA has stopped fare collection until July 31st. Fares will be required again starting on August 1st.
  2. No Mask, No Ride - Following Santa Clara County's Health Officer's Apirl 29th, 2020, annoucement of extension of Shelter-in-Place order (4/29/2020), face coverings are now mandatory for VTA riders, as of May 4th, 2020
  3. Social Distance Implementation - To meet social distancing health requirements, VTA is:
    1. Limiting passenger capacity
    2. Deploying more 60-foot buses on busy routes
    3. Loading some customers in the front of the bus, most through the rear door
    4. Operators may need to turn on a "drop off only" sign and pass up customers if these limits are reached.
  4. Service Reduction -  Even with the siginficant reduction in ridership and revenue, VTA is committed to continue providing their services. As a result, the following services are observed:
    1. Light Rail service is running 6 am - 6 pm Monday through Friday. No weekend service
    2. Buses have either observed service reduction (e.g. lower frequency, reduced period of route operation, route modification) or discontinuation. Most services final runs ends at 9 p.m.. Below is a summary for each direct-to-SJSU bus routes:
Route Status  Avg. Frequency Route Modified? Notes

22

Operating 15 minutes NO

24 hour service is discontinued; now operating from 5AM to 9pm

23 Operating 15 minutes NO  
64A Operating 30 minutes NO  
64B Operating  60 minutes YES Servicing areas between Downtown San Jose and Almaden & Camden only
66 Operating 20 minutes NO Late-afternoon/evening frequency reduces further
68

Operating

20 minutes NO Afternoon/evening frequency reduces further
72 Operating 30 minutes NO  
73 Operating 30 minutes NO  

Rapid Buses

Route Status Avg. Frequency Route Modified?  

500

Discontinued until further notice N/A N/A  
522 Operating 15 minutes

NO

 
523 Operating 15 minutes

NO

 

For the latest schedule information refer to the VTA website or download Transit App. For COVID-19 updates, visit VTA's COVID-19 Information Center.


 

Santa Cruz Metro - Highway 17 Express

[Published June 3, 2020; Updated August 7, 2020] 

Santa Cruz Metro will continue to provide services, including the Highway 17 Express bus, to meet passenger's essential travel needs. As of June 5th, 2020, the following actions are currently in place by Santa Cruz Metro:

  1. Mandatory Face Covering - By Order of the Santa Cruz County Health Officer, face coverings are now mandatory when waiting for and riding on the bus
  2. Social Distance Implementation - To meet social distancing health requirements, Santa Cruz Metro is:
    1. Limiting passenger capacity. Due to Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Order’s regarding social distancing all METRO Hwy 17 buses can only transport a maximum of 8 passengers plus 2 ADA passengers until further notice.
    2. Operators may need to turn on a "drop off only" sign and pass up customers if these limits are reached.
    3. Operators may ask riders about their destination and reason for travel and, dependent on need and current bus capacity, can deny entry in order to guarantee seats are saved for those who have a greater need for travel. 
  3. Service Reduction - Due to siginficant reduction in ridership, Santa Cruz Metro has reduced service across all their buses, including Highway 17 Express. The following are currently observed for Highway 17 Express Bus:
    1. Highway 17 Express is running on a modified Saturday-Sunday schedule daily.
      1. Note: Under this schedule, Highway 17 Express northbound and southbound does not end nor start at Santa Clara & 6th St/San Fernando & 7th stops but instead at San Jose Diridon Station. For riders who's destination is or departure begins at San Jose State University, they will need to either transfer onto a VTA Service, utilize a personal or shared mobile vehicle, or walk to San Jose Diridon Station 

For additional and latest information on Santa Curz Metro/Highway 17 Express Bus service, refer to the Santa Cruz Metro website


 

Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)

[Published June 3, 2020; Updated June 9, 2020] 

ACE will continue to provide services to essential travel needs. As of June 5th, the following actions are currently in place by ACE:

  1. Face Coverings - ACE is requiring that passengers use face coverings while riding the train. 
  2. Social Distance Reccomendations - To meet social distancing health requirements, ACE is encoruaging passengers to:
    1. Maintain a minimum (6) feet of distance from one another.  [pdf]
  3. Service reduction
    1. Trains 05, 06 ,07, and 10 have been suspended. There will be two trains in the morning and two trains in the afternoon
    2. Saturday service has been suspended. 

For additional and latest information on Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) service, refer to the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) website


 

Caltrain

[Published June 3, 2020; Updated June 9, 2020]  

Caltrain will continue to provide services to essential travel needs. As of June 5th, the following actions are currently in place by Caltrain:

  1. Face Coverings - Caltrain requires all passengers to wear a face covering when riding the train or waiting at stations.
  2. Social Distance Reccomendations - To meet social distancing health requirements, Caltrain is encoruaging passengers to:
    1. Maintain social distancing and sit or stand 6 feet appart.
  3. Service reduction
    1. Caltrain has reduced weekday service indefinitely. Trains are making all local weekday stops every 30-60 minutes.
    2. Baby Bullet and Limited service trains are suspended until further notice.  

For additional and latest information on Caltrain service, refer to the Caltrain website


 

BART

[Published June 3, 2020; Updated June 12, 2020] 

BART will continue to provide services to essential travel needs. Berryessa BART will be opening on June 13th. As of June 5th, the following actions are currently in place by BART:

  1. Face Coverings - County health orders in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo now require all riders to wear face coverings inside BART stations and on-board trains.
  2. Social Distance Reccomendations - To meet social distancing health requirements, ACE is encoruaging passengers to:
    1. Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another. [pdf]
  3. Service reduction
    1. Service has been reduced to every 30 minutes.
    2. Service is ending at 9pm

 For additional and latest information on BART service, refer to the BART website