VTA bus-line service reduced in Palo Alto

Jordan Middle School, Line 88 stops slashed

Service on the much-fought-over Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus line 88 will be cut in half and the Jordan Middle School bus stop will be eliminated July 13, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority board members have decided.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:19 am

Hopefully, the city can expand their shuttle bus system to pick up the slack. Right now, the shuttle busses are heavily oriented towards north Palo Alto, with poor service in midtown and south Palo Alto.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:32 am

This is sad news.

But, how has VTA promoted its service in Palo Alto? Do they advertise on bus stops as to where and when the next bus goes? Do they serve the stations by meeting and waiting for trains? Do they in fact do anything to aim to get new riders? Do they have one ticket for more than one journey so that riders can transfer between routes for short overall distances rather than buying two tickets? Instead, they just make a poor service worse?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

VTA is a disgrace. It has completely abandoned North Palo Alto(no Line 88) and now is cutting even more service for Palo Alto. Certainly is a blessing to have a reliable Palo Alto Crosstown Shuttle.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

The council has been approving dense housing developments saying that it will support mass transit for at least the last 20 years. With the VTA pulling reducing the mass transit options, it's time to re-evaluate where Palo Alto is going with it's dense housing.

With these dense housing experiments have come a degradation of the quality of life - crumbling infrastructure, overflowed schools, etc. It's time for a moritorium and let the city "catch up".

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Don't count on VTA. Expand the city shuttle system. Smaller busses and shorter routes are more practical for residential areas anyway. It is great the Caltrain is expanding service with more and faster trains, but we need to a good local transit system to get people to and from the trains, as well as around the city.

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Posted by jenny
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Palo Alto belongs to Santa Clara county. VTA major service is at Santa Clara county. How come south Palo Alto cannot have good commute tools ? In this area, there are lots of residents living in condos or affordable houses. Why the city/ county take away their public transportation ? How to improve " traffic "? How to improve " Green " environment ? I hope City council needs to think about it ? Or Palo Alto should do his own plan -- Extend free shuttles to cover all area ?

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Posted by Barron Park Mom
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 9, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Way back when Palo Alto had it's own bus service for Palo Alto. Then the county said, "Let us expand the bus system all over the county and we will include Palo Alto and use our buses." So here we are many decades later with practically no service. People south of Palo Alto have bus, light rail and train to get around the county. We barely have bus service to get to the train or light rail. Maybe they are expecting us to ride bikes. This really stinks. Senior citizens have it the worst. This lack of public transportation is San Mateo's fault. We could have had BART coming through our community, but they had a NIMBY attitude.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Isn't a previous mayor on the VTA board? What is she doing about public transport for Palo Alto? All I have heard from her is about Caltrain/HSR. She should instead be trying to fix the mess of public transportation. Not all Palo Altans are able bodied enough to ride a bike!!

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Posted by go figure
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2009 at 3:48 pm

The 88 line schedule is pretty confusing. I was afraid to try it for fear of ending up in Mountain View with no way home.

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Posted by curious
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2009 at 3:57 pm

If you want to try attracting more kids to the bus a useful experiment would be to really simplify the free shuttle routes
(1) Middlefield Road from the Community center to Cubberly and back again
(2) Charleston Road from the JCC, Terman, Gunn and back again.

Another idea would be to have the shuttle operate from the elementary schools to the middleschools... if parents could drop the older kids off at a bus stop at the same time they drop their younger kids off at school it would reduce traffic around and between schools. Does anyone have the numbers of how many families have kids at more than one school?

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Posted by A resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 13, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Right now, the VTA 88 bus is not operating with the schedule of Terman or Gunn in mind. In the morning, the bus would arrive at either school well before or long after the first bell ring. In the afternoon, the bus would arrive just minutes before the final bell ring and passes by without stopping because no students are there waiting because it's still their class time, and the students will need to wait for the next bus. I don't know who makes this stupid schedule and think the students can be attracted to use the buses.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Apr 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Can I have a cut in my taxes commensurate with the cut in VTA service?

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Posted by Luis Figueroa
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Mar 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Hello from Mexico I have relatives in Santa Clara and Iwould like to send mi six grade boy next year with his uncle to experience the american culture and to learn more english,I would like to know if there is a program for foreinger students to course a year with you.
Sincerly Yours
Luis Figueroa

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