Campaign: Bus and Rail Service

Wi-Fi on Board Vehicles

If there is Wi-Fi on the bus then I could take the bus and light rail to work and use that time productively. I could work remotely, check my email, or just surf the Internet.

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20 votes

Campaign: Bus and Rail Service

Express Light Rail Train

Light Rail services take too long to get from Santa Teresa to Great Mall or Mountain View. Might as well drive. There are too many unnecessary stops at stations where no one gets on or off the train.

 

Express trains will be a good idea.

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Campaign: Hack My Ride Ideas

Add "mobile clipper card"

Add the possibility to use any smartphone in addition to the plastic clipper card. This "mobile clipper card" is tracking proof of fares (single ride, monthly and eco passes), and also allows to pay for tickets and passes electronically via phone.

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15 votes

Campaign: VTA Open Data

#OpenDataRequest: All ridership data for past 12 months

Open data request: All ridership data for past 12 months (or more) for visualizations. Ideally could get start/stop stations, day of the week, etc. See Bay Area Bike Share open data challenge here: http://www.bayareabikeshare.com/datachallenge

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10 votes

Campaign: Bus and Rail Service

Enforce fares on Light Rail

I have started to use light rail more. But I have a suspicion that very few people actually PAY to use it.

 

I hardly ever see anyone use the ticket machines.

 

I NEVER see anyone check for tickets.

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7 votes

Campaign: Bus and Rail Service

Use electronic station signs like how BART uses them

Again, this will help increase productivity and efficiency for riders. Although VTA does show times on the paper bulletin, it would be easier for riders to look up and see how many minutes the next train will arrive. This should also include: service advisories, active updates on *recent* delays, etc. By doing this, VTA can easily upgrade its current light rail infrastructure to that of a subway. Also, these signs are ...more »

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11 votes

Campaign: Bus and Rail Service

Elevated Light Rail

Light Rail's average speed south of downtown is roughly 50mph, but once it reaches downtown, it slows to a snail-like crawl of 10-15mph. This is due to the fact that the train must wait for both traffic and pedestrians because it is at street level. I suggest that the train tracks downtown either be elevated (similar to Chicago's El-train) or tunneled. This type of upgrade would speed up service enormously. If ...more »

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7 votes

Campaign: VTA Open Data

Real Time Location Data for Vehicles

Release real-time location data for buses and trains in an open data format. I realize that VTA riders can already access real-time information via the VTA website, 511 and Transloc mobile app, but it would be even better if the data were made open, so that other developers could use the data to create apps. E.g. BART has released arrival information and service advisories in the GTFS-realtime format: http://www.bart.gov/schedules/developers/gtfs-realtime ...more »

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Campaign: Hack My Ride Ideas

GPS tracking of VTA units

People hate waiting for buses, etc. Just GPS track them and provide a web interface that uses a mapping program to geolocate them.

 

Make it less heavy by only showing the location of the bus/train they search for.

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7 votes

Campaign: Bus and Rail Service

Buses on Lawrence and San Thomas Expressways

These two roads carry a ton of cars, which means they are popular travel routes. They already have dedicated bus/carpool lanes and very-long green lights, which means you could run a very fast and efficient bus service on them. They seem like ideal candidates for frequent bus service, yet they currently have virtually no service at all.

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7 votes

Campaign: Hack My Ride Ideas

UI for Solar Powered Automated Transit Network (ATN)

Develop a UI/app that will enable users of the revolutionary new form of urban transit, solar-powered automated transit network (ATN), being developed at San Jose State University (see: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/smssv/) to pay for tickets, track progress of vehicles, integrate with other transit service, etc. Connect with the Spartan Superway team at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 (http://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/50148/) ...more »

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Campaign: Bus and Rail Service

Paint Buses Attractive Colors

How do you get 22-year-old college students to continue to take buses after college? How do you get 28-year-old professionals who want to help the environment, but who have never taken a bus, to consider stepping on a bus? The outside of our buses are the best opportunity to advertise them to potential riders ... or drive people away. How the buses are painted matters a lot. Right now buses are painted white with ...more »

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