Employers play a major role in influencing how employees use public transit. Details about VTA's Ecopass program are @ http://www.vta.org/ecopass/ecopass_corp/epbenefits.html I think VTA should approach each major employer along North first street and atleast bring to their notice about VTA's Ecopass program I approached my employer to offer Free Ecopasses to all our employees and they were happy to do it.It is also ...more »
Some weeks I ride the bus a lot. Some weeks I don't need the bus at all. $70 is a lot of money to spend on a monthly pass, when I often don't know ahead of time how much I'll be using the bus. A week pass would be more affordable. Then I could just buy one if I need it when I have a better idea of where I might have to go that week.
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.
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.
If during the daily commute I can take a nap or listen to MP3, riding VTA will be a better choice than driving even it takes longer time.
However, I noticed often time there are people talking, music, or even body odor, etc... That is the unpleasant part riding public transp.
Clean is another issue. Flu and germs is a big reason people avoid public transp.
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 »
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)
Have you ever climbed on the bus without knowing quite when to get off? Perhaps you hope to get engrossed in your book or phone, or you'd like to catch a few Zs along the way. Perhaps you're going to a new stop, and you're not sure just when to pull the cord so you'll be past the previous stop without shooting past your intended destination. This app should, at a minimum, notify you just as the bus or train passes ...more »
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 »
Overnight routes for those of us working late nights/early mornings. They don't have run as often, nor does every route need to run, but it is very difficult to tell a prospective employer you cant work their 3pm-11pm shift (example) because the buses stop running after 10:30pm.
Not to mention, it would make bus a viable alternative to taxi for last call at local pubs.
Since Community Buses have lower fares, VTA should use them on routes that are short and/or only serve a certain community. Examples are the 47, 48, bring back the 15 and perhaps another bus running between Morgan Hill and San Martin Caltrains, the 40, etc. Also timed transfers between short route Community buses with long route normal buses, Express buses, and Light Rail lines would ease travel on VTA. Any Light Rail ...more »
These buses wouldn't have to run that often. 30 minutes during peak hours and 45-60 minutes off peak would be fine. I'm specifically talking about serving South County more. Bring back the Line 15, make the 16 go to the Morgan Hill Caltrain, and add another Line that serves areas of Morgan Hill not served by the 15 and 16 and can also serve San Martin. Also, Monte Sereno currently isn't served by VTA. Many of the people ...more »