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News - March 1, 2019

Seniors chafe at planned bus cuts

Residents, leaders: City is being targeted by San Jose-dominated transit agency

by Gennady Sheyner

A controversial plan by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to save money by reducing bus service in Palo Alto has left some riders and city leaders fuming and questioning the agency's commitment to the northern part of county.

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8 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2019 at 11:28 am

VTA has to remember that they are a service industry and should be serving the needs of those who live in its service area. If they are not getting the ridership perhaps it is because their present service is not suitable to the needs of those they should be serving. It is not just about the present riders who they seem to be ignoring or not serving, but the potential riders they can't attract because their service doesn't meet their needs.

It reminds me of the episode of the British comedy, "Yes Minister", where the new hospital is running perfectly, with all the doctors, nurses, administrators in place, but as yet has not opened the doors to patients. VTA should be looking on how better to service the community with an efficient bus service. Not cutting back service in certain areas because the present service doesn't suit anyone. New ideas please, VTA.

12 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Like it or not, VTA is based in San Jose and their view of Silicon Valley transportation is based on getting people to and from San Jose. Palo Alto is at the far edge of their service area and they really do not care. If Palo Alto wants improved public transit within the city, we have to manage it ourselves.

19 people like this
Posted by jh
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 27, 2019 at 2:12 pm

jh is a registered user.

And yet some ideology inspired planning commissioners and their counterparts on the council continue to urge dense redevelopment along El Camino because the presence of public transport will serve those residents leading to greatly reduced need for car ownership and parking.

4 people like this
Posted by Our dollars
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 27, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Don’t our sales tax dollars in this county go to VTA? Plus I bet the amount of money Palo Altans contribute, whatever the funding mix, is high compared to what’s contributed by some others more centrally located in Santa Clara County. It isn’t about convenience to VTA, it’s about serving the service area, this county.

2 people like this
Posted by Dismantle VTA --Disrupt and build something that works.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2019 at 6:29 pm

We need a new, single regional transit agency that would replace MTC, VTA and Caltrain--ONE agency to eliminate the inefficiencies at service area boundaries and the bickering between agencies over resources.

VTA is the worst of the lot--the most Byzantine bureaucracy I have ever seen--and I have worked with a lot of government agencies. VTA deserves to be dismantled.

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