Today, Saturday September 2 the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is offering free rides on all buses and light rail due to the extreme heat.
“All VTA vehicles are air conditioned and are good places to seek shelter from the heat,” advised the agency yesterday afternoon on its website. “If you use a stop that does not have a shelter, consider bringing an umbrella on your trip to protect yourself from the sun and a bottle of water to stay hydrated.”
“Temperatures have reached above 100 degrees Fahrenheit this holiday weekend in San Jose, with Gilroy and Morgan Hill expected to reach 110 and 109 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. As a result, VTA is taking extra steps to make sure its system is as safe as possible during the extreme temperatures,” states the press release.
Every other day VTA charges $2 per ride one-way on all buses and light rail, with reduced fares of $1.75 for youth ages 5 to 18, and $1 for seniors, people with disabilities, and those with medicare benefits. “Express” bus routes are $4 per ride.