Three months after mass shooting, VTA resumes tram service in time for 49ers-Raiders game at Levi’s Stadium – Santa Cruz Sentinel


SAN JOSE – Three months after a massive shootout that shut down all VTA trains, limited light rail service will resume Sunday morning, just in time to take passengers to the 49ers-Raiders preseason game at Levi’s Stadium.

Trains will run every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the Orange Line that connects Mountain View to Alum Rock, including the Milpitas Bart station and the Great America stop near Levi’s. The green line along First Street from the Civic Center to Old Ironsides stations will follow the same schedule on Sunday.

The 49ers-Raiders kick-off time is 1:00 p.m.

Until the full resumption of operations, buses will continue to fill the void, running hourly from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. along North First Street between Paseo de San Antonio and Baypointe.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority plans to extend hours of service on Monday, the agency said.

“As we continue to bring employees back safely and with compassion, we will educate the public on the level of light rail service we can continue to provide safely,” VTA said in a statement on Saturday. “We appreciate the patience of our equestrian community. ”

Service on the remaining segments of the green and blue lines will be restored in phases. Light rail driving will be free until September 13.

VTA, which runs buses along train lines, originally intended to restart tram service in July.

The agency worked with traumatized employees who fled two buildings at Guadalupe Main Station in San Jose on the morning of May 26 when a disgruntled employee sparked a shooting. Veteran mechanic Sam Cassidy, who had a long documented history of run-ins and explosions with management and employees, killed nine colleagues before taking his own life when law enforcement arrived.

Investigations by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and an independent law firm hired by VTA are investigating the shooting.

The transit agency focused on providing mental health counseling to its workers and keeping administrative offices away from the rail hub which has been a crime scene for weeks and could trigger stress traumatic if workers were to return. Many employees returned to work in new locations earlier this month.

Over the past week, VTA has carried out tests with its rail operators and ongoing safety inspections on trains, rails and equipment that have been dormant for months.

From Monday – “and until further notice” – VTA will continue to operate the entire Orange Line, a partial segment of the Green Line, and will continue its “bus bridge” service which picks up where trains stop.

Here are the following extended opening hours from Monday:

• Orange line from 5.30 am to midnight, every 20 minutes until 8 pm, at which time it will run every 30 minutes.

• Green line from Civic Center to Old Ironsides from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, every 20 minutes until 8:00 pm, when it will run every 30 minutes.

• The bus bridge along First Street from Paseo de San Antonio to Baypointe and on Milpitas Transit Center / BART Station will operate every 30 minutes from 5.30am to 8.30pm


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