The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will hold a meeting at City Hall Wednesday, Aug. 12 to gather input on proposed service cuts, including the complete elimination of line 34 in Mountain View.
The VTA is holding meetings around the county this week, including one in Mountain View on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 500 Castro Street.
A complete list of meeting times and proposed schedule changes is available at www.vta.org/servicereductions.
The proposals include reducing frequency on 57 bus lines and eliminating four routes altogether: lines 34, 43, 76 and 101. Line 34 runs from the downtown train station in Mountain View to San Antonio Shopping center via Middlefield Road. Service cuts are also on the table for the county's three light rail lines.
The VTA's board of directors will vote in October on which service cuts, if any, to implement, VTA spokeswoman Jennie Loft said. Any changes in bus or light rail schedules would take effect on Jan. 11, 2010.
Declining sales tax revenue and state funding cuts have put the VTA in a fiscal crunch. The agency is currently facing a $36 million budget gap. Last week the agency's board voted to move up a planned fare increase that will now take effect Oct. 1 instead of January 2010.