Guest Opinion: VTA bus line 88 should be seen as a transit opportunity | June 6, 2007 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - June 6, 2007

Guest Opinion: VTA bus line 88 should be seen as a transit opportunity

by Penny Ellson

As someone doubly interested in the future of traffic and available alternatives to automobile traffic in south Palo Alto (as chair of this year's PTA Traffic Safety Committee and chair of the Greenmeadow's Civic Affairs Committee), I am distressed by the proposal to cut the residential-area heart of our bus route, the VTA 88.

This story contains 1021 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.

Penny Ellson is Chair of the Civic Affairs Committee for Greenmeadow Community Association and 2007-2008 Chair of the PTA Traffic Safety Committee. She can be e-mailed at


Posted by disgusted VTA customer, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jul 25, 2007 at 7:51 am

I too am a rider of a VTA line that is proposed to be cut. Although I don't have a residence in Palo Alto, I have been employed at the Veteran's hospital in Palo Alto. I and about 50-60 others ride the 104 Express from the North San Jose/Milpitas area to Palo Alto.

We had about 40 riders attend one of the COA meetings at the Great Mall in Milpitas. We heard the same thing about the fare box recovery. I did not hear one word about caring about the people who take this bus line to work and back home every day. It means nothing to VTA that we purchase monthly express passes at the cost of $122.50 per month. Or the other riders who's companies purchase the VTA Echo pass. I don't understand why these are not taken into consideration.

I composed a letter to the COA recently. The response I received was not positive at all. Once again it covered the same issue of "Fare box recovery"!!

I am speaking for many people who work not only at the VA Hospital but people who work at HP, Varian, Stanford Blood Center and CBI.

We currently have 3 routes to and from work. We are only asking that the VTA keep at least 1 of the routes to get to work and home.

If VTA does not keep one route...that is 50-60 more vehicles coming into Palo Alto every day. That means more traffic, more pollution, more noise.

The VTA is not listening....who will?

Posted by Henry, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2007 at 10:45 am

At least the VTA has listened to some of us about 88.

Web Link

Posted by happy to report, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Jul 30, 2007 at 9:37 am

Although not set in stone...the 104 has been removed from the chopping block. It seems that someone was listening to us. I am pleased...but still look forward to seeing the final outcome of the August 30th board meeting.