New Palo Alto shuttle schedules begin Aug. 23

Schedule is streamlined to fit budget changes and improve service to facilities and schools, city officials say

Riders of two Palo Alto shuttle buses will experience improved service on one line and will have to wait a half hour longer between pick ups on a second line, courtesy of budget changes.

The schedules for the Embarcadero Shuttle and the Crosstown Shuttle will change Monday, Aug. 23, with improved service to Caltrain, local schools and community facilities, reflecting changes in the program budget, according to Jaime Rodriguez, the City of Palo Alto's chief transportation official.

The Embarcadero Shuttle schedule will improve timed connections between the Palo Alto Caltrain station and the Embarcadero/Baylands business area, and will better serve the new bell times for Palo Alto High School, Jordan Middle School and Castilleja School during morning and afternoon commute periods. Noontime service has been discontinued.

The Crosstown Shuttle will run every 60 minutes instead of every 30 minutes, as a result of the reduction in the Palo Alto Shuttle program budget for the 2010/2011 fiscal year, he noted.

The shuttles will continue on the current route between downtown Palo Alto and East Charleston Road. Key activity centers and housing developments served include the Main Library, Avenidas, Lytton Gardens, Channing House, Jordan Middle School, Mitchell Park, JLS Middle School, Stevenson House and Midtown shopping district.

New shuttle schedules are being distributed to schools, community facilities and senior housing facilities during the week of Aug. 16. A copy may also be found online. Click on "Free Shuttle." For further information, contact the Transportation Division at 650-329-2520.

Sue Dremann

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Posted by more traffic
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Less public transit = more private cars on the road.
Drill baby drill.

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm

As one who CAN NOT drive, because I know I would be a hazard (NO ONE told me, I just cant' turn my head enough..., I am thrilled life has become more inconvenient. I hope the drivers reciprocate by being a bit more reckless and aggresive at intersections to enhance the pedestrian experience.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Did they consider charging for rides?

I am glad that they are altering service to align with Caltrain and school starts/finishes, but making the service less convenient just to save money is not a good idea. A 50c honesty box charge for each ride may work.

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Posted by Oh
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

50 cents? I remember when VTA used to cost 35 cents to ride route 35.

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Posted by BP Observer
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 20, 2010 at 11:07 am

Wow, fabulous that they've updated the schedule to sync with Paly, Jordan and Castilleja's bell schedule. North Palo Alto's schools seem to be nicely covered.
By the way, where's the South Palo Alto map and has it been updated to reflect Gunn and JLS' bell schedule?
Seems like if you can't afford a citywide shuttle, then you can't afford a shuttle that only serves a portion of the city.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

On Tue. Paly kids get out at 2:25pm and on Thu. they get out at 2:55pm. They should adjust the times so the shuttle will be effective on those two days.

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Posted by New Paly Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Sarah are you sure about the schedule you mention? My son will be a freshman at Paly this fall and I recently received his schedule. It seems school will be out at 3:25 PM every single day of the week.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

New Paly Parent - the students get out at 3:25 MWF, 2:25 on Tuesday (I don't think Collaboration is a requirement, I think its time for the students to get together to work on group projects, clubs, yearbook, etc.) and 2:55 on Thursday (Staff Mtgs start at 3pm)

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Posted by Delores Eberhart
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I completely agree that rather than reduced service a 50 cent charge would be realistic. The city should coordinate the routes and times to reflect the school schedules.

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