Week in Transit: VTA Overhaul, AC Transit Holidays, (Un)Silent Night

VTA Outlines Next Steps for Network Plan: For the past 16 months, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has been working on a complete redesign of the agency’s transit network in Silicon Valley. On January 5, VTA will release a draft plan of that project, called the Next Network, and before the agency unveils that study, it’s giving riders a glimpse of what to expect. The Next Network will include proposals to increase service in high-ridership areas and decrease it in neighborhoods where passenger levels are light. The document will also include plans for more midday service, an increase in rapid express routes and simplified descriptions of its different service options. VTA is asking for passenger feedback now on the Next Network. To offer commentary, customers can visit the Next Network site here.

AC Transit Gets in the Holiday Spirit: SamTrans isn’t the only local agency touting a seasonal Holiday Bus, although the one that AC Transit is set to roll out is a little different in spirit. Whereas the SamTrans-decorated Holiday Bus took part in the Hometown Holidays parade on December 3, its AC Transit brethren will be roving city streets, offering up free rides for all who hop onboard. The Holiday Bus—wrapped in a distinct yuletide decoration—will change from line to line and route to route. Passengers in the East Bay should be on the lookout for the festive bus—if they see it coming their way, that means a free ride is destined to follow.

(Un) Silent Night in San Francisco: Dolores Park offers one of the most scenic vistas of San Francisco, and on December 10, that open space will have sounds to match its stunning sights.

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The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players will be offering a free outdoor concert at 5 p.m., incorporating unique renditions of the classic holiday tune, Silent Night. Called Unsilent Night, the event will feature participants playing one of four tracks of music downloaded to a smart phone to together comprise Silent Night. Dolores Park is located in the city’s Mission District, and is just a short walk away from BART’s 24th and Mission Station.

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