The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority operates more than 60 routes within Santa Clara County and neighboring Alameda and San Mateo Counties, with local (using standard-size and articulated buses), community and light rail shuttles (using a mix of cutaway vans and small buses), and limited-stop and express (using standard-size buses) services. These routes connect communities in the county with Caltrain stations, shopping centers, schools, hospitals, and business parks.
For more details on the VTA’s participation in the Bus Rapid Transit program, click here.
These baby buses, shorter in length than the Gillig Low Floor, are used primarily on low- to medium-density routes within Santa Clara County. The main difference between the Advantage and the Low Floor bus: the number of windows. The Gillig Advantage has six windows on both sides (excluding the driver window), while the Gillig Low Floor has seven (the Rapid variant, though, has six wide windows on the boarding side).
These buses are the workhorses of VTA’s bus operations, operating on most local bus routes in Santa Clara County. These buses are also frequently used on many express routes to Fremont BART and peak-period services within the county. Two variants can be seen:
A minor difference between these buses and the 20xx series (above) is the number of windows on the passenger (boarding) side of the bus: the regular version has seven windows, while this variant has six.
These buses were purchased as a result of a successful experiment of using hybrid-operated buses on select routes within Santa Clara County, with dozens already in operation. These buses are noted for their large Hybrid roofs at the rear of the bus, and at least two of these have environmental themes painted on them to show that the VTA is committed to “Keep the Valley Green”.
There are at least ten (10) of these low floor hybrid buses that have decals for the Airport Flyer (Line 10), a free shuttle connecting Norman Y. Mineta-San Jose International Airport with Metro/Airport Light Rail station along N First Street and Santa Clara Caltrain Staion, providing airport-bound passengers an opportunity to take transit from anywhere in Santa Clara County (especially along Caltrain and Light Rail) all the way to the airport. Note, however, that the Airport Flyer only operates between 5:30am and midnight daily. Not only this service does not have a fare box on board; it also has baggage racks on board for strollers and luggage, similar to a typical airport shuttle van.
These buses, similar to the 01xx and 44xx series above, are used on local services within Santa Clara County. However, compared to the earlier coaches, the 64xx series feature the latest VTA livery.
This series, debuted in 2017, is a cross between the Gillig Advantage and Gillig BRT Hybrid with a modified roof, different light arrangement, and modified interior seating.
These buses are primarily used on routes along El Camino Real, the primary commercial corridor in Santa Clara County. The Line 22 (Palo Alto Caltrain – Eastridge, stopping service) and the Line 522 Rapid (Palo Alto Caltrain – Eastridge, Bus Rapid Transit) are the busiest lines (combined) in the VTA network, in which the Line 22 operates 24 hours a day, everyday, while the Line 522 operates daily from 6am to 11pm to complement Line 22, and both lines use these buses to cater to the high ridership along the El Camino Real corridor.
This bus type is among the newest in VTA’s fleet, which will be used alongside the New Flyer D60LFW buses currently operating on Lines 22 and 522 along El Camino Real, as well as for the future BRT line along Stevens Creek Boulevard with Line 523.
Branded as the VTA Express, these coaches are used mostly during peak commute times only, with high-back seating, overhead luggage racks, and WiFi on board. These operate on long intra-county services that use the county’s freeways, with many of them operating out of Gilroy and South San Jose.
These buses, similar to the 02xx and 42xx series above, are used on express services within Santa Clara County. However, compared to the earlier suburban coaches, the 62xx series feature the latest VTA livery and feature dark blue seat fabrics.
Gillig BRT Hybrid 29-footer Bus
Four of these buses, numbered 4126 to 4129, are branded as DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle). These have no fare boxes and their Clipper machines covered since it is a free service to all riders. The buses operate weekdays only between San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station and San Jose State University via San Fernando Street eastbound and San Carlos Street westbound.