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Palo Alto joins call for governance change at VTA

Original post made on Aug 22, 2019

Palo Alto this week endorsed a scathing report calling for governance changes at the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority, though the city has yet to determine what reforms it wants to see.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 22, 2019 at 12:41 pm

It is not VTA's fault that Palo Alto cannot make up its mind on the grade separations.

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Posted by Huh
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm

VTA is even more screwed up than Palo Alto city government.

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Posted by Downsize The Bus Lines
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 22, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Palo Alto should have its own independent city bus line...perhaps coordinating with the Marguerite Shuttle.

The VTA covers a lot of area & that is probably the number 1 problem in terms of service, reliability & ridership experience.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 22, 2019 at 8:01 pm

We should be given greater representation as we are in the extreme north of Santa Clara County AND we contribute lots of $ AND we need services, too.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2019 at 7:53 am

I expect a lot of strong word and even a memo to come from City Admnins, but that's it. All smoke and no fire from our City execs. First they will grand-stand and say they are going to help residents and they are going to roll-over. It's like this with every major project.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2019 at 8:41 am

I read the grand jury report and I admit that I was disappointed. Certainly, there have been some lapses of judgement, such as the Eastridge light rail extension. But, overall, I don't see a governance problem, I see a "Broadacre City" Web Link problem. While most of the Peninsula is a kind of linear city, down to Mountain View, most of Santa Clara County was developed in the era of low job concentrations. That makes economic public transit very difficult. Transit governance is not going to solve that-- putting jobs where transit service exists will move things in the right direction. We have to subsidize transit heavily now and encourage job growth on transit corridors, e.g. VTA light rail, instead of being spread out.

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