List of Santa Clara VTA bus routes

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The following is a list of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus routes. Route numbers are classified as follows:

  • Lines 1-99 are standard bus and community bus routes, which feature many, closely spaced stops. These lines serve a smaller area, such as connecting transit centers to the surrounding community or Downtown San Jose to nearby neighborhoods.
  • Lines 100-199 are express services and primarily operate during peak periods only. These lines operate express mainly on freeways and provide fewer stops than local services, mainly at train stations and major transfer points in Santa Clara County. These also charge higher fares than standard bus routes.
  • Lines 200-299 are city light rail shuttles mainly operating along the system's light rail lines.
  • Lines 300-399 are limited-stop routes that feature fewer stops than standard bus routes and mostly operate along expressways. These services operate mainly during peak periods only. Local fares apply to limited-stop lines.
  • Lines 500-599 are bus rapid transit routes.
  • Lines 800-899 are suburban light rail and commuter rail shuttles that operate mainly during peak periods. These lines operate mainly out of Great America ACE/Amtrak Station and Santa Teresa LRT and serve nearby high-tech businesses and industrial parks.
  • Lines 900-999 are intercity routes operated in conjunction with other agencies.

Community bus service[edit]

Santa Clara VTA operates several community bus routes that primarily serve lower-density communities, in which regular bus services do not justify such operations, either due to area geography or low ridership when such lines were operated by standard-size buses. These lines use shuttle vehicles, similar to those used by DASH (see below).

Many of these services operate on weekdays except holidays unless noted otherwise. Six routes run daily, including holidays.

Line Number Direction Terminals Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
13 North-South San Jose
Ohlone-Chynoweth LRT
San Jose
Almaden Expwy & Via Valiente
Weekdays 193 Winfield Boulevard, Coleman Road, Almaden Expressway Line 13
14 North-South Gilroy
Caltrain Station
Gilroy
St. Louise Regional Hospital
Daily 169 Pacheco Pass Highway, Arroyo Circle
  • Also serves Gilroy Premium Outlets
  • All trips ending at either Caltrain Station or St. Louise Regional Hospital continue as line 17 and vice versa; thus operating as a continuous one-way loop.
Line 14
16 North-South Morgan Hill
Main St & Dewitt St
Civic Center
Morgan Hill
Burnett Ave
Sobrato High School
Weekdays 100 Main Street, Cochrane Street, Monterey Boulevard
  • No midday service
  • Also serves Main & Hale Transit Center for connections to Line 68, as well as Live Oak High School and Sobrato High School.
Line 16
17 North-South Gilroy
Caltrain Station
Gilroy
Murray Ave & Tomkins Ct
Santa Clara County Social Services
Daily 57 Murray Avenue
  • All trips ending at either Caltrain Station or St. Louise Regional Hospital continue as line 14 and vice versa; thus operating as a continuous one-way loop.
Line 17
18 North-South Gilroy
Caltrain Station
Gilroy
Gavilan College
Weekdays 201 10th Street, Thomas Road, Santa Teresa Boulevard
  • Also serves Gilroy High School
Line 18
19 North-South Gilroy
Caltrain Station
Gilroy
1st St & Kern Ave
Daily 287 6th Street, Wren Avenue
  • Operates loops along Mantelli Drive and Santa Barbara Drive
Line 19
32 East-West Mountain View
San Antonio Transit Center
Santa Clara
Transit Center
Weekdays and Saturdays 1,093 Middlefield Road, Evelyn Street, Monroe Street Line 32
34 East-West Mountain View
San Antonio Transit Center
Mountain View
Caltrain Station
Weekdays 70 Rengstorff Avenue, Shoreline Avenue
  • Also stops at Mountain View Senior Center (eastbound only) and Downtown Mountain View
Line 34
37 East-West San Jose
Capitol LRT
Saratoga
West Valley College
Weekdays 699 Hillsdale Avenue, Camden Road, Burrows Street
  • On select weekday trips, buses operate between Winchester Transit Center and West Valley College only.
Line 37
39 North-South San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
San Jose
The Villages
Daily 459 Quimby Road, Ruby Avenue, San Felipe Road
  • Also serves Evergreen Village Square
Line 39
42 North-South San Jose
Kaiser San Jose Main Campus
Weekdays only
San Jose
Evergreen Valley College
Weekdays only
Weekdays and Saturdays 641 Monterey Highway, San Ignacio Avenue, Capitol Expressway, Yerba Buena Road Line 42
San Jose
Santa Teresa LRT
Saturdays only
San Jose
Monterey Hwy & Senter Ave
Saturdays only
45 North-South San Jose
Alum Rock Transit Center
San Jose
Penitencia Creek LRT
Weekdays 227 Alum Rock Avenue, Toyon Avenue Line 45
48 North-South Campbell
Winchester Transit Center
Los Gatos
Civic Center
Daily 367 Winchester Boulevard, Pollard Road
  • All SB trips ending at Los Gatos Civic Center continue as Line 49 to Winchester via Los Gatos Blvd and Camden Ave in south San Jose
  • Also serves El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos
Line 48
49 298 Camden Road, Bascom Avenue, Los Gatos Boulevard
  • All SB trips ending at Los Gatos Civic Center continue as Line 48 to Winchester via Pollard Rd and Winchester Blvd.
  • Also serves Good Samaritan Hospital for connections to Line 27
Line 49 298
65 North-South San Jose
13th St & Hedding St
San Jose
Kooser Rd & Meridian Ave
Princeton Plaza
Weekdays 620 13th Street, 7th Street (SB), 6th Street (NB), Parkmoor Avenue (SB), Moorpark Avenue (NB), Leigh Avenue Line 65
88 North-South Palo Alto
V.A. Hospital
Palo Alto
Middlefield Ave & Colorado Ave
Weekdays 196 Arastradero Avenue, Louis Road
  • Line operates with three variants:
    • Line 88 operates along Charleston Avenue all-day
    • Line 88L operates to Louis & Colorado via Meadow Drive on school days only
    • Line 88M operates to Middlefield & Colorado via Waverley Street on school days only
Line 88

Regular bus service[edit]

Santa Clara VTA operates numerous bus lines that operate on most major thoroughfares throughout Santa Clara County. Several of these lines converge at key transfer points, including Downtown San Jose, several Caltrain stations between Palo Alto and Gilroy, and most light rail stations. Some lines also provide connecting services to other transit agencies, including AC Transit, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and SamTrans.

Included in this listing are VTA's limited-stop and bus rapid transit services, as those levy the same cash fares as regular local buses.

Line Number Direction Terminals Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
10
Airport Flyer
East-West San Jose
Metro/Airport LRT
Santa Clara
Caltrain Station
Daily 1,355 Technology Drive, Airport Boulevard, Terminal Drive, Coleman Road Line 10
12 East-West San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center via San Jose Flea Market
San Jose
Civic Center LRT via San Jose Flea Market
Weekends and holidays Tully Road, King Road
  • This route operates as a supplementary service to Lines 62 and 77 that provides service to the San Jose Flea Market. For weekday service, see lines 62 and 77.
Line 12
22 East-West Palo Alto
Caltrain Station
San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
Daily 14,179 El Camino Real, The Alameda, Santa Clara Street, King Road, Tully Road
  • Operates all times. Also part of the All-Nighter network.
  • Many trips operate to and from El Camino Real & Showers in Mountain View.
  • Also serves Santa Clara Caltrain, Downtown San Jose, and San Jose State University.
  • For a Rapid version of this service, see Line 522 below.
Line 22
23 East-West Mountain View
San Antonio Shopping Center
San Jose
Alum Rock Transit Center
Daily 8,397 Alum Rock Avenue, 2nd Street (WB), 1st Street (EB), San Carlos Avenue, Stevens Creek Boulevard Line 23
25 East-West Cupertino
De Anza College
Most trips
San Jose
Alum Rock Transit Center
Daily 7,270 Story Road, Keyes Road, Fruitdale Avenue, Moorpark Avenue, Clove Drive, Williams Road, Bollinger Avenue, McLellan Road
  • Also serves Tamien Caltrain and LRT station and Valley Medical Center.
  • Short-line trips operate between Alum Rock Transit Center and Clove & Thornton (at Valley Medical Center)
Line 25
Santa Clara
Clove Dr & Thornton Way
Select trips
26 East-West Sunnyvale
Lockheed Martin Transit Center
San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
Daily 4,005 Fair Oaks Drive, Wolfe Avenue, Campbell Avenue, Curtner Avenue, Tully Road Line 26
27 East-West Los Gatos
Good Samaritan Hospital
San Jose
Kaiser Hospital San Jose
Daily 823 Blossom Hill Road, Cottle Road Line 27
31 North-South San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
San Jose
Evergreen Valley College
Daily 690 S King Road, Capitol Expressway, San Felipe Road
  • Also serves Silver Creek High School
Line 31
35 North-South Palo Alto
Stanford Shopping Center
Mountain View
Caltrain Station
Daily 1,124 Middlefield Road, California Avenue Line 35
40 East-West Mountain View
Shoreline Ave & La Avenida
North Coach Terminal
Los Altos Hills
Foothill College
Weekdays and Saturdays
Daily 1,040 Rengstorff Avenue, San Antonio Road, El Monte Avenue
  • Daily service operates between Shoreline & La Avenida and San Antonio & Lyell in Los Altos. Sunday and holiday service does not operate to Foothill College and instead turns around at 1st & Lyell Streets before returning to Shoreline & La Avenida.
  • Also serves San Antonio Shopping Center and Downtown Los Altos.
Line 40
Los Altos
San Antonio & Lyell
Sundays and Holidays
46 North-South Milpitas
Escuela Road
Milpitas High School
Milpitas
Great Mall/Main Transit Center
Weekdays and Saturdays 604 Montague Expressway, Yellowstone Avenue, Jacklin Road
  • Also serves Rancho Milpitas Middle School and Downtown Milpitas.
Line 46
47 North-South Milpitas
Ranch Drive
McCarthy Ranch Marketplace
Milpitas
Great Mall/Main Transit Center
Daily 848 Calaveras Road, S Park Victoria Drive, Landess Avenue
  • Also serves Kaiser Hospital Milpitas, Downtown Milpitas, and Valley Health Center.
Line 47
52 North-South Mountain View
Caltrain Station
Los Altos Hills
Foothill College
Weekdays 480 Castro Street, El Monte Avenue Line 52
53 North-South Sunnyvale
Caltrain Station
Saratoga
West Valley College
Weekdays 677 W Washington Drive, Mary Avenue, N Stelling Avenue, McLellan Avenue, Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, Saratoga Avenue
  • Two AM peak period trips operate from Sunnyvale Caltrain to De Anza College only.
Line 53
54 North-South Mountain View
Lockheed Martin Transit Center
Cupertino
De Anza College
Daily 1,092 Mathilda Avenue, Olive Avenue, Hollenbeck Avenue
  • Also serves Sunnyvale Caltrain and Sunnyvale Civic Center.
Line 54
55 North-South Santa Clara
Old Ironsides/Great America LRT
Cupertino
De Anza College
Most trips
Daily 2,417 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, Remington Avenue, Fair Oaks Drive, Maude Drive, Lawrence Expressway, Tasman Drive
  • Also serves Downtown Sunnyvale, Lakeview Park (Santa Clara), Reamwood LRT, and Great America.
  • Select weekday peak period trips operate between Old Ironsides LRT and Fremont & Sunnyvale-Saratoga to serve Fremont High School in Cupertino (AM to Fremont High School, AM and PM to Old Ironsides LRT) via Fremont Street, Hollenbeck Avenue, and Remington Avenue. These trips do not continue on to De Anza College.
  • Additional trips are provided only during Levi's Stadium events.
Line 55
Cupertino
Fremont Dr & Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd
Weekday peak periods only
57 North-South Santa Clara
Old Ironsides/Great America LRT
Saratoga
West Valley College
Daily 1,604 Great America Parkway, Bowers Avenue, Kiely Avenue, Saratoga Avenue, Quito Road
  • Also serves Mission College.
  • Operates in tandem with Line 58 between Bowers & Scott and West Valley College via Bowers Avenue on weekdays.
  • Additional trips are provided only during Levi's Stadium events.
Line 57
58 North-South Alviso
Liberty St & Taylor St
Saratoga
West Valley College
Weekdays 757 1st Street, Zanker Road, Scott Boulevard, Bowers Avenue, Kiely Avenue, Saratoga Avenue
  • No midday service
  • Operates in tandem with Line 57 between Bowers & Scott and West Valley College via Bowers Avenue.
Line 58
60 North-South Santa Clara
Old Ironsides/Great America LRT
Most trips
Campbell
Winchester Transit Center
Daily 2,259 Great America Parkway, Mission College Boulevard, Bellomy Street (NB), Market Street (SB), Winchester Boulevard
  • Also serves Great America, Mission College, Santa Clara Caltrain, Downtown Santa Clara, and Valley Fair Shopping Center.
  • Select weekday peak period trips operate between Winchester Transit Center and Santa Clara Caltrain only.
  • Additional trips are provided only during Levi's Stadium events.
Line 60
Santa Clara
Caltrain Station
Weekday peak periods only
61 North-South San Jose
Sierra Rd & Piedmont Rd
Los Gatos
Good Samaritan Hospital
Daily 1,784 Mabury Road, Taylor Road, Hedding Street, Bascom Avenue
  • Also serves Penitencia Creek LRT, Civic Center LRT, San Jose City College, Valley Medical Center, and Pruneyard Shopping Center
  • Operates in tandem with Line 62 along Bascom Avenue
Line 61
62 1,717 Berryessa Avenue, Hedding Street, Bascom Avenue, Union Avenue
  • Also serves Berryessa LRT, San Jose Flea Market, Civic Center LRT, San Jose City College, Valley Medical Center, and Pruneyard Shopping Center
  • Operates in tandem with Line 61 along Bascom Avenue
Line 62
63 North-South San Jose
7th St & Santa Clara St
San Jose State University
San Jose
Almaden Expwy & Camden Avenue
Daily 942 E San Fernando Street, Race Street, Meridian Avenue, Camden Avenue
  • Also serves Downtown San Jose, San Fernando LRT, San Jose Diridon Transit Center, and Princeton Plaza
Line 63
64 North-South San Jose
McKee Rd & N White Rd
San Jose
Almaden LRT
Most trips
Daily 3,715 McKee Road, 6th Street (NB), 7th Street (SB), E San Fernando Street, S Montgomery Street, Almaden Expressway
  • Also serves McKee LRT, San Jose State University, Downtown San Jose, and Diridon Transit Center.
  • Select weekday trips operate between McKee & White and Diridon Transit Center only.
Line 64
San Jose
Diridon Transit Center
Select trips
66 North-South Milpitas
N Milpitas Blvd & Dixon Rd
San Jose
Kaiser Hospital San Jose
Daily 6,314 Jacklin Road, Main Street, Oakland Road, Hedding Street, 1st Street (NB), 2nd Street (SB), Monterey Highway, Snell Avenue
  • Also serves Downtown Milpitas, Great Mall/Main Transit Center, several LRT stations in Downtown San Jose, Capitol Caltrain, and Snell LRT.
Line 66
68 North-South San Jose
Diridon Transit Center
Gilroy
Caltrain Station
Daily 5,276 Santa Clara Street, 1st Street (NB), 2nd Street (SB), Cottle Road, Santa Teresa Boulevard, Monterey Highway Line 68
70 North-South Milpitas
Great Mall/Main Transit Center
San Jose
Capitol LRT
Daily 4,860 Morrill Avenue, Flickinger Avenue, Jackson Avenue, Adrian Way, Capitol Expressway, Senter Road
  • First NB AM trip begins from Senter Road & Capitol Expressway daily.
  • Also serves Hostetter LRT, Regional Medical Center of San Jose, Overfelt High School, and Eastridge Transit Center
Line 70
71 North-South Milpitas
Great Mall/Main Transit Center
San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
Daily 2,074 Piedmont Road, N White Road, Quimby Road Line 71
72 North-South San Jose
2nd St & Bassett St
San Jose
Monterey Hwy & Senter Rd
Daily 2,556 E San Fernando Street, 11th Street (NB), 10th Street (SB), E San Carlos Street, 24th Street, McLaughlin Avenue, Senter Road
  • Also serves Downtown San Jose and San Jose State University
  • Route 73 only: Many trips also operate in a one-way loop to and from Monterey & Senter via Capitol Expressway, Snell Avenue, and E Skyway Drive to serve Snell & Baroni Ave.
Line 72
73 2,628 E San Fernando Street, 11th Street (NB), 10th Street (SB), Keyes Road, Senter Road Line 73
77 North-South Milpitas
Great Mall/Main Transit Center
San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
Daily 2,293 McCandless Drive, Lundy Avenue, King Road, Rigoletto Drive, Quimby Road Line 77
81 East-West Mountain View
N Akron & McCord
Moffett Field/NASA Ames Research Center
Most trips
San Jose
Santa Clara St & 7th St
Weekdays and Saturdays 1,052 Moffett Boulevard, Castro Street, Grant Avenue, Foothill Boulevard, Stevens Creek Boulevard, Homestead Avenue, Wolfe Road, Tantau Avenue, Benton Street, Park Avenue, W San Carlos Street, San Fernando Street Line 81
Cupertino
Vallco Shopping Center
82 North-South San Jose
2nd St & Bassett St
San Jose
Westgate Shopping Center
Daily 1,350 1st Street (NB), 2nd Street (SB), Alma Road, Pine Road, Hamilton Avenue
  • Also serves Downtown San Jose, Tamien Caltrain & LRT stations, and Hamilton LRT.
  • Select school day-only trips serve Willow Glen Educational Park near Tamien Caltrain.
Line 82
89 North-South Palo Alto
California Avenue Caltrain Station
Palo Alto
V.A. Hospital
Weekdays 118 Hanover Drive, Hillview Avenue, Arastradero Avenue
  • Operates during peak periods only (AM to V.A. Hospital, PM to Caltrain)
Line 89

Rapid bus service[edit]

Currently, the VTA operates one line that is a precursor to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, the Rapid 522[1]. This service operates along one of Santa Clara County's major commercial corridors, El Camino Real, between Palo Alto and East San Jose. It stops at 30 intersections and transit centers that provide timed and extensive connections to other bus and light rail services, a far fewer number of stops than line 22 that operates on the same corridor.

On January 6, 2014, VTA expanded the Rapid 522 hours on weekdays and Saturdays to end at approximately 10:30 pm while introducing a new Sunday schedule operating between 9 am and 6 pm.[2]

This service operates daily; for service outside of operating hours, use Line 22. On line maps, it is colored dark blue with red border.

Similar to the BRT systems for which it is a precursor, Rapid Line 522 utilizes queue-jump lanes, traffic signal priority, and enhanced bus stop designs that provide riders with quicker service to and from major attractions in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose.

VTA started construction in March 2014 on the Santa Clara-Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit Project [2], which will upgrade the section of the Rapid 522 between Eastridge Transit Center and the SAP Center at San Jose to BRT service. The new BRT service will feature special hybrid vehicles with Wi-Fi on board, enhanced stations, dedicated lanes on Alum Rock, transit signal priority, electronic real-time information message signs, off-board payment and all-door boarding to speed up stops, and service every 10 minutes at peak times.

In the future, VTA has plans to upgrade the rest of the Rapid 522 route to BRT service with the El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project [3] and create a second BRT line, the 523, to serve another major commercial corridor, San Carlos Street and Stevens Creek Boulevard between Eastridge Transit Center in east San Jose and De Anza College in Cupertino. It will mirror the current local Line 23 and limited-stop Line 323.

Line Number Direction Terminals Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets traveled Notes Schedule Information
522 East-West Palo Alto
Caltrain Station
San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
Daily 7,034 El Camino Real, The Alameda, Santa Clara Street, Alum Rock Avenue, Capitol Avenue, Capitol Expressway
  • For service to other stops not served by this line, as well as for stops along King Road, Tully Road, and Capitol Expressway, see local Lines 22 and 23 above.
  • Also serves Alum Rock Transit Center, Capitol Expwy & Story Rd, and Capitol Expwy & Ocala Ave.
Line 522
523 East-West Cupertino- De Anza College San Jose Eastridge Transit Center Daliy 5,061 Alum Rock Avenue, 2nd Street (WB), 1st Street (EB), San Carlos Avenue, Stevens Creek Boulevard
  • Also serves Santana Row, Valley Fair, and Downtown San Jose
  • For the local route, see Local line 23.
  • For the limited route, see Limited 323.
Line 523

Limited-stop service[edit]

These services basically operate weekdays only (except holidays), mostly during peak periods. Compared to express bus services, these lines operate via expressways - most notably Lawrence Expressway and San Tomas Expressway - that provide semi-express service to industrial parks in Sunnyvale and Milpitas, and thus local fares apply to these lines. South of the industrial parks, buses operate in a skip-stop pattern, stopping at major intersections that provide connections to other bus and light rail services. On line maps, these are colored green.

On October 1, 2012, VTA introduced limited-stop Line 323 along the Stevens Creek Boulevard corridor between Downtown San Jose and De Anza College to relieve overcrowding on many Line 23 trips.[3] VTA expanded Line 323 with a new Saturday schedule on July 7, 2014.[4]

Line Number Direction Terminals Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets traveled Notes Schedule Information
304 North-South San Jose
Santa Teresa LRT
Sunnyvale
Caltrain Station
Weekdays 83 Snell Avenue, Skyway Drive, Monterey Highway, 1st Avenue (NB), 2nd Avenue (SB), Central Expressway, Scott Boulevard, Arques Avenue, Fair Oaks Drive, Evelyn Road
  • Operates during peak periods only (AM to Sunnyvale, PM to Santa Teresa)
  • Limited stops provided south of Downtown San Jose.
Line 304
321 East-West Milpitas
Great Mall/Main Transit Center
Sunnyvale
Lockheed Martin Transit Center
Weekdays 25 Great Mall Parkway, Montague Expressway, Mission College Boulevard, Great America Parkway, Lawrence Expressway
  • Operates during peak periods only (AM to Sunnyvale, PM to Great Mall)
  • Limited stops provided east of Montague Expwy & De La Cruz Avenue.
Line 321
323
East-West Cupertino
De Anza College
San Jose
2nd St & Bassett St
Daily 2,411 2nd Street (WB), 1st Street (EB), San Carlos Avenue, Stevens Creek Boulevard
  • Compliments local Line 23 service, this service serves at a combined 28 eastbound and westbound stops that provide timed connections to other VTA bus and light rail services, as well as quicker access to attractions served by Line 23.
Line 323
328 North-South San Jose
Almaden Expwy & Camden Avenue
Sunnyvale
Lockheed Martin Transit Center
Weekdays 32 Redmond Avenue, Camden Avenue, San Tomas Expressway, Hamilton Avenue, Lawrence Expressway
  • Operates during peak periods only (AM to Sunnyvale, PM to east San Jose)
  • Limited stops provided south of Lawrence Expwy & El Camino Real.
Line 328
330 North-South San Jose
Almaden Expwy & Camden Avenue
Milpitas
I-880/Milpitas LRT
Weekdays 109 Redmond Avenue, Camden Avenue, San Tomas Expressway, Tasman Road
  • Operates during peak periods only (AM to Milpitas, PM to east San Jose)
  • Limited stops provided south of San Tomas Expwy & Cabrillo Ave.
  • Also serves multiple LRT stations along Tasman Road between Old Ironsides/Great America and I-880/Milpitas.
Line 330

Express bus service[edit]

These services mainly operate during weekday peak periods only, operating in the following pattern:

  • AM commute: towards industrial parks, Downtown San Jose, or Fremont BART
  • PM commute: from industrial parks, Downtown San Jose, or Fremont BART

Most of these trips operate NB or WB in the morning and SB or EB in the afternoon and evening. Exceptions to this pattern are:

  • Line 180, which operates both NB and SB trips all-day weekdays
  • Line 181, which operates both NB and SB trips daily (including holidays)
  • Line 182, which operates as a counter-commute (SB in the morning, NB in the afternoon)

VTA's Express Bus fares are higher than standard bus fares as these trips operate along many of Santa Clara County's freeways, including:

A few lines operate similar trips, with fewer stops than their stopping regular bus and light rail counterparts:

On line maps, these are colored red. Line numbers marked with an asterisk (*) denote that the buses used on these lines are the VTA's newest suburban-style Gillig low-floor buses that have WiFi capability on board.

Serving Stanford Industrial Park[edit]

All trips serving Stanford Industrial Park in Palo Alto operate along Deer Creek Road, Arastradero Avenue, Hillview Drive, Hanover Drive, and Page Mill Road to and from their terminals at either:

  • Lines 101, 102, and 103: Page Mill Road & Hansen Way
  • Line 104: Deer Creek Road at VMware
Line Number Direction Origin/Destination Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
101* North-South San Jose
Hwy 85 at Camden Ave Park-and-Ride
Weekdays 85 Winchester Boulevard, Hamilton Avenue, Stevens Creek Boulevard, I-280
  • Also serves Winchester Transit Center, Westgate Shopping Center, and Vallco Shopping Center
Line 101
102* North-South San Jose
Santa Teresa LRT
Weekdays 334 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Snell Road, Highway 85, I-280
  • Also serves Snell LRT and Ohlone/Chynoweth LRT stations, as well as select stops along Santa Teresa Boulevard.
Line 102
103* East-West San Jose
Eastridge Transit Center
Weekdays 186
  • To Stanford: Capitol Expressway, I-680, Southwest Expressway, Fruitdale Avenue, Meridian Avenue, I-280
  • To Eastridge: I-280, Parkmoor Avenue, Race Street, Fruitdale Avenue, Southwest Expressway, I-680, Capitol Expressway
Line 103
104* East-West San Jose
Penitencia Creek LRT
Weekdays 86 Morrill Avenue, Main Street, Calaveras Street, Highway 237, US-101, Charleston Road, Alma Street
  • Also serves Great Mall/Main Transit Center, Downtown Milpitas, select stops in south Palo Alto, and Palo Alto V.A. Hospital.
Line 104

Serving Moffett Industrial Park[edit]

All trips operating to Moffett Industrial Park serve Crossman LRT station, Borregas LRT station, and Lockheed Martin Transit Center. In addition, Line 120 continues further north from Lockheed Martin to serve high-tech industrial parks along Shoreline Boulevard and Charleston Road to end at San Antonio Road & Casey Avenue in Mountain View.

Line Number Direction Origin/Destination Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
120* North-South Fremont
BART Station
Weekdays 271 Walnut Street, Stevenson Boulevard, Mission Boulevard, I-880, Highway 237,Shoreline, Charleston,San Antonio
  • See note above for Line 120 information beyond Lockheed Martin.
Line 120
121 North-South Gilroy
Caltrain Station
Weekdays 371 Monterey Highway, Butterfield Road, US-101, Great America Parkway, Lawrence Expressway Line 121
122* North-South San Jose
Santa Teresa LRT
Weekdays 49 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Snell Road, Capitol Expressway, US-101
  • Also serves Snell LRT station and select stops along Santa Teresa Boulevard, Snell Road, and Capitol Expressway.
Line 122
185* North-

South

Gilroy

Caltrain Station

Weekdays N/A Monterey Highway, Butterfield Road, US-101,Middlefeeld Rd.,Shoreline, Charleston,San Antonio Serves Middlefield LRT Line 185

Serving Fremont and Warm Springs/South Fremont BART stations[edit]

Aside from Line 120, Line 140 operates to and from Fremont station, while Line 180 and 181 operates to and from the Warm Springs/South Fremont station, providing connections to other communities around the Bay Area, particularly to East Bay destinations.

Line Number Direction Origin/Destination Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
140 North-South Santa Clara
Mission College Blvd & Montague Expwy
Weekdays 55 Walnut Street, Stevenson Boulevard, Mission Boulevard, I-880, Tasman Road, Old Ironsides Road
  • Operates AM commute towards Mission College and PM commute towards BART
  • Also serves the following:
Line 140
180 North-South Milpitas
Great Mall/Main Transit Center
San Jose
Aborn & White Roads (select trips only)
Weekdays 781 Warm Springs Boulevard, Mission Boulevard, I-880, Montague Expressway
continues to San Jose - Capitol Avenue, I-680, Capitol Expressway.
  • Operates when Line 181 bypasses Great Mall/Main Transit Center; after 10pm, use Line 181.
  • Select trips operate to/from Aborn and White Roads (AM trips operate NB; PM trips operate SB).
Line 180
181 North-South San Jose
Diridon Transit Center
Daily 2,369 Warm Springs Boulevard, I-880, 1st Street (NB), 2nd Street (SB), W San Fernando Street
  • Operates via Great Mall/Main Transit Center after 10pm weekdays and all-day weekends and holidays.
  • Select Sunday/holiday trips operate between South Fremont BART Station and Great Mall/Main Transit Center only.
  • Late-night SB trips (after 11pm) end at 2nd Street & Santa Clara Street in Downtown San Jose.
  • Also serves multiple LRT stations along 1st Street in Downtown San Jose, and at Great Mall/Main Transit Center.
Line 181

Serving Downtown San Jose[edit]

Aside from Line 181, Line 168 also serves Downtown San Jose, operating to and from San Jose Diridon Transit Center.

Line Number Direction Origin/Destination Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
168* North-South Gilroy
Caltrain Station
Weekdays 261 Monterey Highway, Butterfield Road, US-101, Highway 87, E San Carlos Street, 1st Street (NB), 2nd Street (SB), Santa Clara Street
  • Operates AM peak towards San Jose Diridon and PM peak towards Gilroy.
  • Also serves San Martin and Morgan Hill Caltrain stations, as well as several LRT stations in Downtown San Jose.
  • For service between Morgan Hill Caltrain and Downtown San Jose, including Downtown Morgan Hill, Santa Teresa LRT, and Capitol Caltrain, as well as for midday, weekend, and holiday services, see Line 68 above.
Line 168

Reverse commute[edit]

Line 182, as noted above, operates counter-commute trips between Palo Alto and South San Jose, with one trip each from Palo Alto in the morning and from South San Jose in the afternoon.

Line Number Direction Terminals Days of Operation Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
182* North-South Palo Alto
Page Mill Rd & El Camino Real
San Jose
IBM Facility at Bailey Rd
Weekdays 33 California Avenue (AM only), Hanover Drive (AM only), Page Mill Road, I-280, Vallco Parkway, Stevens Creek Boulevard, Highway 87, Highway 85, Cottle Road, Santa Teresa Boulevard, San Ignacio Road
  • Also serves Vallco Shopping Center, Stevens Creek & Stern stop, Cottle LRT station, Santa Teresa LRT station, and the industrial areas along Via Del Oro, San Ignacio Road, and Bernal Road.
Line 182

Levi's Stadium service[edit]

VTA offers pre-game and post-game express bus routes to supplement existing bus and light rail routes that already serves California's Great America theme park, which is located in the same lot as Levi's Stadium. These routes operate only when a major sporting event such as the San Francisco 49ers' games and major soccer and college football matches occur. Express routes fare apply to the following routes serving Levi's Stadium - for local routes that serve Levi's Stadium, see routes 55, 57, and 60 above.

Line Number Direction Origin/Destination Days of Operation Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
251 North-South South Fremont
BART Station
Event Days Only Warm Springs Boulevard, I-880, CA-237, Great America Parkway Levi's Stadium Bus Service Schedules
252 North-South Cupertino
Vallco Shopping Center
Event Days Only Vallco Parkway, Wolfe Road, Homestead Road, Lawrence Expressway
253 North-South Gilroy
Gilroy Transit Center
Event Days Only Monterey Road, East Dunne Avenue, Cocarane Road, US-101, Great America Parkway
  • The route operates similar to stops along Express line 121 between Gilroy Transit Center and US-101 in Morgan Hill.
  • Unlike Express line 121, this route only serves three Caltrain stations - Gilroy, San Martin and Morgan Hill; express stops that are not located at Caltrain stations are not included in the route.

Shuttles[edit]

The VTA, in conjunction with many private entities and high-tech companies, as well as in coordination with Altamont Corridor Express, operates free shuttles to and from various light rail stations and Great America Station to serve businesses in Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Milpitas, Santa Clara, and San Jose. Passengers can ride these shuttles for free as funding for these services are provided by grants from high-tech companies and business associations based in Santa Clara County, as well as from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. These mainly operate weekdays only (except holidays).

Light rail shuttles[edit]

These shuttles mainly operate to and from light rail stations around San Jose.

Line Number Direction Terminals Average Weekday Ridership[1] Streets Traveled Notes Schedule Information
200 East-

West

Baypointe LRT Mountain View LRT ? Tasman Drive, Dana, Evelyn Serves as Light rail substitution on late nights Mon- Sat. for Green Line. Line 200
201
DASH
East-West San Jose
Diridon Transit Center
San Jose
4th St & San Fernando St
1,020 San Fernando Street, Fourth Street, San Carlos Street, Almaden Road Downtown Area Shuttle

Altamont Corridor Express shuttles[edit]

All shuttles listed below originate from Great America Station and are operated in coordination with ACE train arrival times in the morning peak and departure times in the afternoon peak.

For a map of these services, click here

Line Color Direction Origin/Destination Companies served Notes Schedule Information
Gray Line
South Sunnyvale
North-South Sunnyvale
Kifer Rd & Uranium Dr
  • Known internally as Line 822.
  • First PM peak trip bypasses Evelyn & Wolfe stop.
Gray Line
Green Line
North Santa Clara
East-West Santa Clara
America Center Drive
  • Known internally as Line 823.
Green Line
Orange Line
Mountain View/Palo Alto
East-West Palo Alto
E Meadow Dr & Meadow Cir
  • Known internally as Line 824.
  • Operates via Highway 237, US-101, Shoreline Boulevard, and Charleston Avenue.
Orange Line
Purple Line
West Milpitas
East-West Milpitas
McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center
  • Known internally as Line 825.
  • Operates via Tasman Drive, Alder Drive, McCarthy Drive, and Ranch Drive.
Purple Line
Red Line
North Sunnyvale
East-West Sunnyvale
Lockheed Martin Transit Center
  • Known internally as Line 826.
  • A portion of this line operates through restricted areas inside Moffett Airfield between Mathilda Ave & Java Dr and Lockheed Martin Transit Center. A Commuter Badge requested in advance is required to access Moffett Airfield and Lockheed Martin.
Red Line
Yellow Line
South Santa Clara
North-South Santa Clara
Scott Avenue at Intel
  • Known internally as Line 827.
  • Operates in a one-way loop to and from Scott Ave & San Tomas Expwy via Walsh Ave, Kifer Rd, and Great America Pkwy.
Yellow Line
Brown Line
North San Jose/Light Rail
North-South San Jose
N First St & Montague Expwy
  • Known internally as Line 828.
  • Operates in a one-way loop to and from N First St & River Oaks Pkwy via Seely Ave and Montague Expwy
  • Also serves multiple LRT stations along Tasman Dr and N First St
Brown Line
Violet Line
West Milpitas
North-South Milpitas
Lundy Ave & Commerce Dr
  • Known internally as Line 831.
  • Operates to multiple small- and medium-scale technology companies in Milpitas
Violet Line

Regional services[edit]

The VTA collaborates with other regional agencies that operate into and out of Santa Clara County with inter-agency transfers and commuter benefits. However, these lines do not use VTA's own buses nor levy VTA's bus fares; instead, these are operated by a consortium of operators, in which the agency is a participant, and the consortium sets the fares for such services.

Line Name Direction Terminals Days of Operation Communities Served Notes Schedule Information
Santa Clara County Terminal Regional Terminal
Highway 17 Express North-South San Jose
San Jose State University
Weekdays
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Metro Center
Daily
Daily San Jose, Scotts Valley, Soquel, Santa Cruz
  • Known internally as Line 970.
  • Route operated in a joint effort between the VTA, Caltrans, Amtrak, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, and Santa Cruz Metro, with Santa Cruz Metro operating the buses.
  • Select weekday peak period trips operate between Soquel Park-and-Ride and San Jose, operating via Cavallero Transit Center and bypass Santa Cruz.
  • Most weekday and select weekend and holiday trips to and from Santa Cruz operate via Scotts Valley Road to serve Cavallero Transit Center; other trips, especially during peak periods, mid-afternoons, and evenings, operate express between San Jose and Santa Cruz.
  • Several trips provide timed connections to and from Caltrain and Amtrak trains at San Jose Diridon Station.
  • Weekday service to San Jose State University ends at San Fernando & 5th Street. Service from San Jose State University begins at San Fernando & 7th Street. Weekday services also serve Downtown San Jose and a handful of LRT stations.
Highway 17 Express[permanent dead link]
San Jose
Diridon Transit Center
Weekends and Holidays
Soquel
Paul Sweet Drive Park-and-Ride
Weekday peak periods only
Dumbarton Express
Line DB
East-West Palo Alto
Stanford University Oval
Union City
BART Station
Weekdays Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Newark, Union City
  • Known internally as Line 971.
  • Route operated in a joint effort between the VTA, AC Transit, BART, SamTrans, and Union City Transit. The service is administered by AC Transit; however, this service is contracted out to MV Transportation, and the agency also operates the buses used on this line.
  • Also serves Palo Alto Caltrain Station, Menlo Park V.A. Hospital, and Ardenwood Park-and-Ride in Newark via Palm Avenue, Lytton Avenue, Middlefield Road, Willow Road, Dumbarton Bridge, and Decoto Road.
Line DB
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Line 55
North-South San Jose
Diridon Transit Center
Monterey
Transit Plaza
Tyler St & Pearl St
Daily Monterey, Sand City, Prunedale, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Jose
  • Known internally as Line 972.
  • Route operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit. MST honors through-tickets on this line for passengers connecting to and from Amtrak services in San Jose.
  • Also serves Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey), Sand City Station, Prunedale Park-and-Ride, Gilroy Caltrain, Morgan Hill Caltrain, San Jose State University, and Downtown San Jose via Highway 1, Highway 156, and US-101.
MST Line 55
Dumbarton Express
Line DB1
East-West Palo Alto
Deer Creek Road
Stanford Research Park
Union City
BART Station
Weekdays Palo Alto, Newark, Union City
  • Known internally as Line 974.
  • Route operated in a joint effort between the VTA, AC Transit, BART, SamTrans, and Union City Transit. This service is administered by AC Transit; however, this service is contracted out to MV Transportation, and the agency also operates the buses used on this line.
  • Also serves Palo Alto V.A. Hospital and Ardenwood Park-and-Ride in Newark via Oregon Expressway, Page Mill Road, Deer Creek Road, Hillview Avenue, Miranda Avenue, and Hanover Street.
Line DB1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "VTA Transit Choices Report" (PDF). VTA. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Perez, Lucas (2 January 2014). "VTA Service Changes Take Effect Jan. 6". Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ NBS: Limited Stop Line 323 - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  4. ^ VTA’s Quarterly Service Changes Take Effect July 7 VTA. Last accessed on September 7, 2014.