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.
Bus and Rail Service
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 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.
Publish data to the Web so that app developers can access it. Right now, you can plan a trip with Google, but developers can't access that data to develop other useful apps. Also, VTA has an AVL system - it would be great if real-time vehicle location and arrival time estimation was available. This could also allow installing real-time arrival signs at busy stops. If this info was made available to developers, they could... 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 »
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.
Add buses or shuttle service to Open Spaces and preserves.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is, in part, a service-oriented organization. In order for a service-oriented organization to be successful, it must focus on providing high quality service to its existing customers. By doing so, existing customers become loyal and feel compelled to tell others about their positive experiences with the organization. Along with its organizational vision and mission,... more »
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.
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 »
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 »