Q As I waited in line after we watched a great soccer game at Levi's Stadium on Saturday night, I knew we would be in line for a while to board light rail. I did not expect to wait an hour and a half to board a Santa Teresa-bound train.
Could the VTA stop the empty Mountain View trains and redirect them to other lines that where waiting? VTA should have monitored incoming traffic so they could understand where the fan base was coming from and reacted with the outbound trains. It took way too long to get home and this was not anything like what a 49er game will be like with more rowdy/impatient fans.
A Good suggestions, and help may be on the way in time for the first 49ers home game on Aug. 17 to ease the postgame wait. An extra track will be completed by then, allowing the VTA to keep threethree-car trains at the ready near the stadium, so they can be put quickly into service to carry fans home.
Share with me your experience. How did you get to the stadium? Where did you park and how much did you pay? How was the trip down 680 and 880 from the East Bay, from 101 on the Peninsula and on 237?
Any tips for Aug. 17?
Q EPIC fail.
Thousands of people waiting for trains. No one apparently in charge. No communication to people waiting in line. Trains coming through infrequently. Trains leaving not completely full.
It was so bad, they may have lost their one chance at me and others taking light rail to a Niners game given their inability to handle a much smaller crowd. Finally, walked to our car approximately 2.5 miles away with kids in tow. Turned out to be the right call given how infrequently trains were passing us.
Craig and Kathleen Leclair
A A VTA contact gave the agency a B-minus grade and recommends taking a 49er-special bus. The VTA is running five express routes from Fremont, Vallco, Almaden, Gilroy and Eastridge on game days.
Q I was trying to park at the VTA station at I-880/Milpitas and take light rail to the Earthquakes game Saturday. I saw signs that said Levi's Event Parking and they were charging $15 for parking. There was no such sign at the Great Mall VTA station, but it was full. Was this lot legitimate?
A Yes. VTA has begun a parking pilot program, charging at the two nearest park-and-ride lots for Levi's Stadium events -- River Oaks on First Street and I-880 in Milpitas. You can get a guaranteed parking space at these lots. Go to Levisstadium.clickandpark.com for details.
Q I parked in Red Lot 5 at Patrick Henry and Tasman, and had no problems arriving or departing. Got there at 3 p.m. expecting the worst, and it was a ghost town -- barely any cars or people. When leaving, the lot was nearly empty (probably a little after 10 p.m.). The Patrick Henry side of Red Lot 4 also looked empty. Thank goodness we didn't try to take light rail. The line to depart looked like a zoo.
A It was.