To produce data that could: * - compare schedule times with actual times to see what deviation there is * - Use the data to state how much energy is consumed per leg in route by some rough calculations regarding average speed, distance and energy consumption rates of the vehicles * - Show through infographics how much energy is saved / how much carbon has not been put into the environment / etc. by taking an average... more »
A map showing the accessibility of public transportation compared to the actual population density, the populations which need transportation the most (like households who have no cars or not many cars -- data that could be pulled from the census), and the commutes that people actually take. I've heard many times that transit decisions are motivated as much by politics as by actual community needs. The map would show... more »
Airlines reward frequent fliers with free travel. So why not reward people who use a lot of public transport with free rides, a small gift card etc.
Check how accurate Google is about riding VTA it is very misleading...making planning more accurate, real, simple will encourage people to consider VTA...
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.
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 »
Using google to search for a best route somewhere is okay... except they are forced to use "hubs" for transfer points. As a former bus commuter, I have consistently designed my own routes to get across the city and have found that the best routes are not ones that google or any other mapping service can provide. Create one of these or both: 1. A mapping system that allows riders to share their "best routes" and have... more »
Identify transfer points between intersecting/adjacent transit lines, especially based on real passenger traffic, but also on possible transfers which people might not make frequently due to lack of coordination.
Monitor and suggest schedule modifications (e.g. timed stops) if misses or long waits are the norm.
Include walking and transfer times.
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.