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Louis Road Bus Service

Original post made by Resident, Palo Verde, on May 11, 2007

Louis Road is going to have no bus service which is going to prove a problem to those using public transport to get to Gunn High School. There is no way that students at Gunn can get there by public transport now and there is now no connector to the Embarcadero shuttle for Paly students.

We are trying to hard to get students to use public transport rather than cars to get to school and now this happens. The traffic on high school routes are already ridiculous, the Charleston Arastadero traffic watch have got the number of lanes reduced and now there is the potential of increasing traffic flow on this route.

Is this crazy or what?


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Posted by LouisResidentSenior
a resident of Midtown
on May 11, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Where did you read about Louis having no bus service? Right now there is a single route - 88 on this road. Its too bad they diverted the route away from San Antonio and Stanford shopping center .. now they are stopping the bus service completely????

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Posted by resident
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 11, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Don't know how to provide a link but it is on the news page of PA Online at the moment

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Posted by Bus Rider
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 11, 2007 at 8:26 pm

I'm sorry to hear the number 88 Louis Road bus might have its route shortened.

During the public hearing for the Campus for Jewish Life a suggestion was made that the Louis Road bus might do a loop down East Meadow up Fabian Way and back onto East Charleston. This would provide bus service for the Vantage Development, the Bridge/BUILD Development and the many seniors who will be living at the CJL.

If it can be shown that there will be a lot more passengers for the 88 bus in the near future; perhaps the VTA can be persuaded to re-think their proposed route changes.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2007 at 11:44 am

I do not have children at Gunn, but I know that many of my neighbors do and they use the bus on a regular basis. In fact one family indicated that the bus route was one of the reasons they chose to buy their home as they did not want to be driving their kids back and forward to school all the time.

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Posted by uh oh
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 12, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Discontinued 88 bus service
Increase in 200 students @ Gunn
Already crowded crosstown shuttle
Narrowing of Arastradero from 4 to 2 lanes


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Posted by Long time traffic watch neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Los Gatos has worked with the VTA about bus service. They now apparently have small busses running through their town and either provided by VTA or subsidized by VTA or by the city.??

Palo Alto has know of this possible service for many years (the traffic dept.)but apparently taken no action to get it here.

The city taxpayers have been paying millions to run our little buses and the county,VTA, could be involved in this. Most large VTA busses are empty or nearly empty except for the school students.

The city will only take action only when either connected friends of the council or possibly when large numbers of residents demand action or change.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 13, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Oh, geez, uh oh, you've got it 100% right. It's going to be a freaking nightmare! And remember that a bunch of the folks doing the driving in that hugely overcrowded area are newly-licensed teens, too. YIKES!

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Posted by Meghna Dholakia
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 21, 2007 at 6:43 pm

I feel rather confused about this to be honest. Like you said adults have been encouraging students (us) to use public transport, and a handful of us find it really useful. I'm frankly baffled and rather offended at the choice of meeting time however. The largest interest group in the cutting down of Bus 88 are students, yet as every parent (and hopefully the city knows) Gunn students don't leave school until 3:15 on Wednesday. Seems to me someone doesn't want us to get our say.

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Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 21, 2007 at 9:09 pm

When I ride my bike to work, I encounter this bus line a lot.
Since I saw the announcement they were considering eliminating the bus line, I have been looking inside. I see it completely empty a lot. Given the lack of riders, I think if people on this thread want the line to survive, it needs to get used more.

I'm passing it, or its passing me on Louis and its empty.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 22, 2007 at 8:56 am

It seems to make sense that a compromise or tweaking could be done on this route. In the a.m. the route to Gunn could stay as it is while the reverse commute cancelled and then change round later in the day with the route accommodating the return of the Gunn students and then cancelling this loop after 5.00 if necessary.