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News - February 8, 2019

Palo Alto to see fewer buses under new VTA plan

Veterans, commuters could be most affected

by Sue Dremann

A plan to reduce bus service in Palo Alto has some veterans concerned that their travel to and from the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital will become more burdensome.

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21 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 6, 2019 at 11:05 am

Palo Alto is at the far end of Santa Clara County and VTA really doesn't care about the outskirts of their territory. I really wish that VTA and Samtrans would merge to create unified public transit along the peninsula. The county line is a really artificial barrier to commuting by public transit.

9 people like this
Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Feb 6, 2019 at 11:13 am

Palo Alto needs to step up to help people get around PA. VTA should be focusing on getting around the county.

Time to start implementing the shuttle services that PA is always talking about adding, but never taking action. Start charging high prices for parking in Palo Alto to fund it.

18 people like this
Posted by midtown senior
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 6, 2019 at 11:43 am

midtown senior is a registered user.

Isn't it ironic? As PA destroys our streets to discourage individual traffic, the VTA destroys our public transit system.
I guess PA residents should all sit home and wait for Amazon deliveries by drones, work online, and watch TV.

11 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:04 pm

VTA buses are a major part of Palo Alto's transportation strategy, such as it is. They should be talking expansion, not cutbacks.

The result of cutbacks will be more individual trips.

16 people like this
Posted by Resdent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Once again, VTA speaks as a transit authority that looks at its vision as operating a service for the poor, or as an alternative school bus service, that snakes around routes rather than having a vision of being an alternative efficient service as an alternative to using cars.

We need transit authorities to encourage people to use them as an efficient alternative to commuting solo. We need efficient bus services to airports and Caltrain or even to BART. We need efficient local service that crosses city and county boundaries. We need to see innovation not reductions in service.

If Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. can organize efficient services for their employees, it has to be possible for similar services to move commuters who work for other businesses to commute in efficient, comfortable buses that ignore city or county boundaries.

What a mess!

21 people like this
Posted by Law & Order
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Privatize mass transit. Civil service-staffed bureaucracies have always been known to be ineffectual at best.

They simply don't care & are more concerned with putting in their time towards CALPers retirement benefits.

19 people like this
Posted by Norman Beamer
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 7, 2019 at 11:55 am

Meanwhile our City Council majority clings to the myth of "transit oriented" housing development with the magical thinking that cars need not be accommodated because everyone will use alternatives.

14 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm

The JCC Oshman residential development was promised bus routes to Caltrain and downtown Mountain View and Palo Alto before approval was given.

I'm still waiting to see when they will arrive?

12 people like this
Posted by Ahem
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Government and transit officials know full well public transit cannot end our transit woes, but they keep the dream alive to hoodwink a gullible public into believing the mad orgy of development that funds the Party (double entendre intended) can go on forever.

13 people like this
Posted by JCC
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 7, 2019 at 10:31 pm

@Resident - City of Palo Alto studies found JCC is the 8th most traveled to destination in Palo Alto. The city did a study and proposed a plan for shuttle service there, but never did it. The whole time and expense of the study, focus groups, committees, was a waste of time because Palo Alto never acted.

VTA does not consider Palo Alto worthy of service. Despite the large portion of taxes it collects from here, North County residents can never expect help from VTA.

Oshman Family JCC needs to step up and improve transportation to it's facility. Thus far it has failed to do so, despite campus parking shortages. OFJCC thinks of solo drivers as the only way to get there, despite the campus' popularity with seniors and youth. Improvement will only come if JCC changes its thinking and works to sponsor transit alternatives to driving, or cooperates with an entity such as the city to provide transportation.

6 people like this
Posted by mahsm
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 12, 2019 at 4:33 pm

mahsm is a registered user.

Do you think about your trip to work, shop or just get around without a car. Waiting 30 minutes without shelter because the bus was early or late is not acceptable if you plan to encourage others to take the bus instead of a car if they have one and now you are suggesting an hourly schedule.We voted for the last ballot measure to improve transit. Of course the areas with high use will be pleased to have shorter waits.In my opinion more people in all areas would ride more if the waits were shorter. Did you think about that. Please continue to keep no more than 30 minute intervals for the 35 (by any other name0

4 people like this
Posted by Transportation not a priority for VTA
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

The VTA is in business to pay itself and its contractors. Transportation. What's that?

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