Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA ) - Transport Association of Santa Clara Valley - is a special purpose association ( special-purpose district ), which is responsible for transport planning and their mortgage lending in Santa Clara County of the U.S. state of California.

The transport association established on 1 January 1973, the acquisition of three then bankrupt bus companies as Santa Clara County Transit District, based on a voter vote on June 6, 1972. On 1 January 1995 the Transport Association was merged with the Congestion Management Agency of the road system and received the name Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the original acronym SCVTA was soon further reduced to VTA. 1996 was decided by an electoral vote to fund mass transit with tax money (Measure A), originally adopted for 10 -year rule was extended by another voter vote in 2000 to 30 years.

The tax funding was originally directed to the extension of Bay Area Rapid Transit ( BART) public transport system in Silicon Valley, but allowed the establishment of further transport. The VTA is co-owner of the Caltrain Regio train and itself operates several transport systems, including the VTA light rail tram system. In 2008, the budget amounted to 363 million U.S. dollars, and employs in his part represented approximately 2100 employees.