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Pandemic update: Santa Clara VTA unveils safety plan

VTA plans to resume fare collections on Aug. 1.
Photo – VTA Facebook


The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) last week unveiled a 10-point plan to ensure light-rail riders are confident returning to its system in California. 

The 10-point plan includes:

  • enhancing daily cleaning efforts on trains and at stations; 
  • requiring face mask while on board trains; 
  • encouraging social distancing on trains;
  • providing all essential VTA workers with protective and safety equipment, as well as priority COVID-19 testing; 
  • adjusting service based on demand; 
  • installing operator partitions to limit rider and operator contact; 
  • increasing contactless payment options;
  • increasing availability of customer service representatives;
  • evaluating new technologies and industry standards; and 
  • collaborating with community groups to engage and inform underserved, underrepresented and unhoused populations.

VTA also plans to resume fare collections on Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, other passenger-rail agencies and advocates are adjusting their practices in response to the pandemic. Following are some latest updates:

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