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 »
I suggest you add real-time, online bus tracking. I'm sure that you're already collecting the GPS coordinates of all of the buses regularly. Now imagine if that data could be overlaid on Bing Maps or Google Maps or Map Quest or Yahoo! Maps.... I could pop open a window, while still at my desk, and have a decent idea if I had just missed my bus... or if the bus was late... or what not. And, for the smartphony users, you ...more »
It is clear that whoever designed the current bike rack configuration on the VTA light rail trains never tested the system before installing it. With seats across from the racks, there is no room for someone to squeeze in and lift their bike up onto the racks while the seats are occupied. Having to lift the bikes is also difficult for many people who are short, have heavy or long bikes, or have disabilities. If they removed ...more »
Light Rail service should extend to Morgan Hill and Gilroy. I think anyone who has to commute north from these two areas during peak hours would agree. Caltrain just doesn't cut it, and those of us who reverse commute would appreciate an option that's faster than the 68 bus.
For home Skarks games, run a line similar to the Muni Metro S line that runs from the Market St. Subway to ATT park every home game. Run this line from Santa Teresa, then after Convention Center make a left turn (the tracks already exist) towards the rest of the Vasona line, and terminate at Diridon Station. Do a better job promoting the line, and have the Sharks advertise riding the train to the game, as parking along ...more »
Caltrain works very well if you want to go quickly from San Jose to points north/west. VTA's light rail lines have some quite fast sections south of Downtown San Jose. Together, they could make a rapid transit network that can take transit riders all the way across the county quickly, in the way that freeways do for drivers. But the connections are often poorly timed, especially between the Caltrain and the Santa Teresa ...more »