Public Transportation – Buses and Light Rail

How to get in, around and out of Milpitas on VTA buses and Light Rail.

Access – Rideshare
Ridesharing benefits include access to the Bay Area’s growing network of carpool lanes, free park-and-ride lots, and a host of commute incentives.

Accessibility and Paratransit Services
Information about transit accessibility and paratransit services for seniors and persons with disabilities. [SFBATI]

Commuter Benefit Solutions
Commuter Benefit Solutions is a convenient way for businesses to subsidize their employees’ commute to work by public transit and vanpooling.

Discount Fare Card
A regional transit discount card program, which provides substantially reduced fares on Bay Area bus, rail and ferry systems to qualified persons with disabilities and seniors 65 and older. [SFBATI]

Residential Eco Pass
A photo ID validated with an annual sticker to provide unlimited rides on VTA Bus, Light Rail and Paratransit services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Businesses can get Eco Passes for their employees as well.

San Francisco Bay Area Transit Information
Plan to use public transportation between Milpitas and Bay Area destinations? This is your best source. [SFBATI]

Schedules & Route Finder
To locate a route map or route schedule, choose one of the methods here. Covers whole Bay Area Region. So look here, say, to find out how to get from San Francisco to the Great Mall in Milpitas, a question I get often.

Transit Destinations
A list of the region’s frequently used or most popular tourist sites, government buildings, shopping malls, transit terminals, theaters and other such facilities, along with the transit agencies and routes that serve them. [SFBATI]

Bus & Light Rail

Fares, Passes And Tickets
Exact fare required, operators do not carry change. All Youth and Senior/Disabled/Medicare fares are valid on VTA Express Bus service without an upgrade payment. Children under 5 ride free with adult or parent.

Light Rail Opening 2004
2.6M Slide show movie of the opening of the light rail line at the Great Mall June 23, 2004. Viewable in Quicktime and other movie showing applications.

Milpitas Bus and Light Rail Map
More area maps here.

Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA)
Provides bus and light rail service in Santa Clara County, as well as the Hwy 17 Express.

VTA Park & Ride Lots
I-880 Light Rail Park & Ride Lot
Transit Service: Tasman Light Rail, Bus Routes 33, 140, 330, and AC Transit 217
Parking Spaces: 569 (12 Long Term Airport Parking Spaces)

Great Mall Transit Center
Transit Service: Santa Teresa to Alum Rock via Baypointe Light Rail, Bus Routes 33, 46, 47, 59, 66, 70, 71, 77, 104, 140, 180, and AC Transit 217
Parking Spaces: 93
Comments: Shelter, Bench, Bike Lockers, Phones

VTA Schedules, Maps and Fares
We’re here to help you figure out the best route, provide the schedule and fare information you need, map out a personalized transit trip plan just for you, and even put you in touch with others in your area so you can rideshare.

Mail Lists & Activists

VTA Riders Union
A grassroots-based organization dedicated to ensuring that elected officials improve and implement cost-effective, frequent, and reliable transit in Santa Clara County.

VTA Watch
“Although San Jose and Milpitas are building higher density, the density proposed will not generate enough riders [for BART], and the density needed to generate enough riders will not receive community support.”

Young Professionals in Transportation – San Francisco Bay Area
A Facebook Group for those in transportation in the SF Bay Area.

Planning Commissions

Metropolitan Transportation Commission
The transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

VTA Boards and Commissions
Governing Board of Directors, Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Citizens Advisory Commitee, Committee for Transit Accessibility, Policy Advisory Committee, and Technical Advisory Committee.


CalTrans Office of Local Programs
The purpose of Local Programs is to assist local agencies taking advantage of state and federal funded transportation programs.

Emergency Ride Home
With the ERH, commuters at participating employers using a rideshare mode (e.g., public transportation, carpool, vanpool, etc.) can count on a ride home in the event of a personal illness, unscheduled overtime, or other qualifying personal emergencies.

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