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February 21, 2012 > VTA Board seats five new members

VTA Board seats five new members

Submitted By Brandi Childress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors introduced five new members to the 2012 roster at its February 2, 2012 meeting. The VTA Board has 12 voting members and six alternates, all of whom are elected officials appointed by the jurisdictions they represent. The Board of Directors also has two ex-officio members who are non-voting members and are Santa Clara County's representatives to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

New to the Board for 2012, but not to Board's past, is Town of Los Gatos Council member Joe Pirzynski who is serving as Vice Chair. Also joining the board as voting members are Jamie Matthews, Mayor of the City of Santa Clara, and Pete McHugh, Vice Mayor of the City of Milpitas, both of whom served as Board alternates in 2011.

In addition, four elected officials are joining the VTA Board for the first time as alternates: Larry Carr of Morgan Hill; Evan Low of Campbell; Gail Price of Palo Alto; and David Whittum of Sunnyvale.

Responsibilities of the VTA Board of Directors include the following: approval of the bi-annual VTA budget; approval of collective bargaining agreements; recommendation of major capital improvement projects to the appropriate regional, state and federal funding authorities; and authorizing the General Manager to act on the Board's behalf.

The VTA Board of Directors generally meets on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose. VTA Light Rail and VTA Bus Lines 61, 62, 66 and 181 serve this location during evening hours, with additional daytime bus service available. Members of the public have the opportunity to directly address the board, for a limited amount of time, at the beginning of each monthly meeting.

Meeting agendas are posted on VTA's website, www.vta.org one week in advance of a meeting, with notifications regarding any changes to the meeting location or time also available on the website. By clicking on the blue envelope icon on the website it is possible to sign up to receive e-mail notification when meeting agendas become available.

For VTA bus or light rail information, please contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300, TTY only (408) 321-2330. You can also log onto www.vta.org and sign-up to receive VTA email updates.

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