Many times during peak hours, one boards light rail only to find that passengers have blocked the seat next to them with briefcases, backpacks or other personal items. It would help if announcements could be made by the operator or pre-recorded by VTA. The announcements could remind passengers to not block seats with personal items.
Bus and Rail Service
Currently, VTA has only a couple of bike racks up front and the driver refuses permission routinely to allow bikes inside bus during peak hours - very inconvenient.
This also puts off potential bikers.
Got to have more bike racks, possibly on bus roof or in an area inside the bus, even at the expense of seats.
VTA should Have a Community Bus line (NEW Line 15) that will run to/from Gilroy Transit Center to the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park, off Hwy 152 (Hecker Pass Hwy), running on Monterey St and 1st St (Hwy 152 - Hecker Pass Hwy).
have the following lines run 24/7:
#10 (connect with #22)
#22 (in progress - doing fine)
#26 (connects #22 with Campbell, Cupertino, & Sunnyvale)
#68 (connects #22/HP Pavilion late night events to South County)
#180 (connects #22 with AC Transit owl service)
Google has been using cell phone GPS data to display traffic patterns for a while now. Since the data can distinguish individual cell phones, it would be possible to build a database of actual trip destinations based on the patterns of cell phone usage. The identification of the destinations and the most common routes connecting those destinations would be a powerful method of determining the need for public transit support. ...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.
SImple. I could take it 1 mi from my home to 200 yards from my office. Why don't I? Simple. Light rail Winchester to Mt. View 70+ minutes.
Same distance in my car in rush hour traffic: 35 minutes.
That's a no brainer.
Light rail takes you no where useful real slow.
Light rail us USELESS if you want to go to the airport. It goes NEAR but not TO the airport... Why would I want to fight with luggage to my car, in my car, out of my car, to the train, out of the train, then onto a bus, then out of the bus, then to wherever my airport destination is..... then all over again when I come back tired from my trip? when I can fight the luggage into the car, out of the car, into the ...more »
Add more rapid transit buses like 522.
Having to pay for fare every time I get on each bus is too much money for me to spend. If I have to transfer to another bus, I think it would be better to be given a transfer ticket.
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.
Wouldn't it be great if VTA actually read these ideas? There have been 72 ideas posted, of which 0 are under review, 0 are in progress and 0 are complete.
I haven't even seen a single comment posted by VTA. Unfortunately, it would appear we are all just wasting our time here; VTA is not really interested in feedback.
More express buses with limited stops to speed up travel time to work.
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 lot of people work in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, so why are the express buses only going to Palo Alto and Fremont? There is only ONE EXPRESS bus from San Jose to Sunnyvale. And it only makes ONE trip a day each direction. All other buses that make that trip are LIMITED buses (and the "Rapid" 522), which take a LONG time. It seems like fast, frequent service from San Jose to MV or Sunnyvale would get more people ...more »