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 »
Bus and Rail Service
VTA needs to adopt a time-based fare collection policy system wide. Currently, on light rail, $2.00 buys you 2 hours of travel. You can change trains or reverse direction as long as you don’t exceed the expiration time stamped on the ticket. However, if you need to use the bus, you have to pay every time you board. If you have to take more than one bus, or a bus and a train, you’re penalized by the arbitrary geography... more »
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.
As a society, we can no longer afford elaborate systems of fixed-route diesel-powered buses driven by highly paid operators. A certain nearby transit system spends over $100,000,000/yr. to deliver around 10,000,000 trips, most of them short. I would rather see most of those trips delivered by plug-in hybrid cabs or hybrid jitneys; the environmental break-even point for a cab getting 40 mpg vrs. a diesel bus at 3? mpg... more »
Currently, CalTrain monthly pass holders who purchase a two (2) zone ticket ($112.75 for adults) receive local credit on buses and light rail (for which the VTA adult pass costs $70 per month). I would like something analogous for the VTA Express passes. If someone, for example, holds a three zone ($159.00 for adults), they would get free rides on all VTA Express buses. Typically, I buy four zone CalTrain passes... more »
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.
Install a bike rack that fits 3 instead of 2. And if possible another 3 bike rack on the back of the bus.
Clipper!! Hello? What's taking so long? All the infrastructure is in place, can't we turn it on?
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 »
Create a shuttle or express bus with direct line to all city college. I am from Santa Teresa station and for me, it took me 2 hours to reach De anza college. it would be nice to enable students reach there faster in time for their class and get home faster because some has job or family to take care of. I am father of 4 kids and trip both ways are 4 hours each day and it's not easy for me . IF you provide one that will... more »
Schedule the weekend busses every 30 minutes instead of the 45 minutes some of them are now scheduled for. It just doesn't make any sense to run anything every 45 minutes. I would like to know who the brain dead individual was that decided to schedule buses every 45 minutes.on the weekend. An example is trying to hookup with the 73 from the light rail from Mt View. No matter what, you are going to wait more than 15 minutes... more »
Promote electronic cards, while reducing paper usage for passes.
Fire the ticket checkers, they are rude and overpaid.
Late Night Service on Friday and Saturday Night and on Holidays. There should be even two runs, on at 130am and another at 230am after last call on Friday and Saturday nights in addition to 4th of July, New Year's Eve, Halloween, Cinco de Mayo, SF Pride and other similar events. If funding is the issue cut and paste the lowest ridden trip during the day and the last trip of the day. And only do it on Light Rail and... more »
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.