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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
A tool, similar to google maps' "get directions by public transport", but which permits the user the choice between: "Do I want to walk to/from the stop/station" or "Do I want to bike to/from the stop/station", and possibly even to be able to specify that "I am willing to walk/bike a distance of x miles to get to/from the stop/station". By biking I can choose from a vastly larger range of potential stops/stations, and ...more »
If VTA would allow me to ride the bus and light rail for free on weekends I would ride it to places I go for fun. For example, it would be pretty easy to take the train to the Tech Museum in San Jose, or to Downtown Campbell just to window shop.
Open data: Geo coordinates of all VTA stations (data needed for projects like this: http://dangrover.github.io/sf-transit-inequality & https://github.com/openchattanooga/sf-transit-inequality)