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Bus-service changes to be discussed Tuesday

Debated route changes subject of community meeting with VTA representatives

After months of protest, Palo Altans were unable to keep the Valley Transportation Authority from slashing service on bus Route 88 this summer. But Tuesday they can critique VTA responses to community concerns at a meeting at Jordan Middle School.

The meeting is the second of three meetings designed to address residents' concerns. In the first, on Oct. 13, VTA representatives heard a busload of complaints.

This week they will present preliminary solutions and solicit additional feedback.

In December, VTA representatives will attend a public hearing before Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission.

The VTA approved route changes in August that will go into effect in January, but feedback from the meetings could once more alter services as of April 2008 -- the VTA requires a four-month lead time for making additional changes.

Under the new route 88, there will be no service to Midtown riders along Louis Road, nor will Midtown riders have access to Caltrain stations, Stanford Shopping Center or Stanford Medical Center.

An initial proposal eliminate service to Gunn High School was blocked by community protests. Buses to and from Gunn will continue on a limited route during morning and after-school commute periods, City Manager Frank Benest reported. See the Weekly's full story about changes at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/story.php?story_id=6301 .

The Tuesday, Nov. 13, meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Jordan Middle School's Dance Studio, 750 N. California Ave.

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Posted by no ride home
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 26, 2007 at 6:23 pm

My daughter uses the VTA route 88 to connect to the Palo Alto shuttle to get to Paly. Does anyone know if this connection will no longer exist, will it be replaced by the Palo Alto Shuttle service?


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Posted by a long time resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Except for school studens these busses run empty or almost empty (1 or 2 people)the rest of the day. Do the taxpayer need to pay for school buses? These diesel busses spew tons of black soot out over the neighborhood. Everything along their route is covered with black exhaust from them and the diesel trucks that use residental streets as shortcuts rather than the truck routes.

The city and VTA should run clean,small busses along many routes thru Palo Alto as they do in Los Gatos.

The city appears to have no interest in working with The VTA to run small busses as they have not tried to work with them as Los Gatos has.

The city should be charging a small fee to ride their busses and expand the service. The original goal was to help the Univerisity buisses bring customers to downtown with free busses and also to allow workers to park in residental areas and catch a free buss to their jobs in downtown.


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Posted by a long time resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 27, 2007 at 1:36 pm

The meeting is 6;30 to 8:30pm tonight, Tuesday, in the Dance studio at Jordan ,Middlefield at California. People from S.Palo Alto need to come and support a change in this bus service that almost no one uses except for school students twice a day. It pollutes our air with diesel soot, empty big busses are not needed and cost a million a year to run. These are used or justified by many as school busses that run all day empty except at school start and end times.


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