precincts I meet lots of people that don't use transit services. I
point out to them that one reason many of us don't use transit is
because the service is so bad that nobody would want to use it. I have
seen gas prices rise dramatically over the past few years, and I expect
them to continue to go up in the future. We can only get away from
driving if we have a viable alternative, and good transit could be a
viable alternative. What follows are some suggestions that would make
Mountain View's transit system a few steps closer to being a viable
alternative to driving.
My Transit Service Wish List:
A shuttle bus to bring people from the Shoreline businesses so they
don't all have to park downtown at lunch time would be great. A Castro
- Middlefield - Shoreline - Charleston - Rengstorff (or San
Antonio) - California - Shoreline - El Camino -
Castro type looping route that runs regularly. The model to copy would
be the DASH shuttle in downtown San Jose or the Margrite at Stanford. I
use the DASH every time I take
the train to San Jose. It totally works!
A shuttle bus between Shoreline and the Caltrain/VTA station with a
stop that connects to the 22 bus line on El Camino that ran just before
and after concerts would make those events more accessible.
the downtown Mountain View Train Station would also be an improvement.
One way to pay for this is to get a coffee shop with bathrooms who will
public use them as a condition of the lease. That business
would be a natural fit in the train station building near Castro St.
that seems to be just a breakroom for bus drivers right now. Another
way would be to get one of those coin operated toilets you see in other
Walking precincts near Cuesta Park, I talked to a guy that said "I wish
the city would intermediate a system so I could rent a parking spot in
some small businesses parking lot near El Camino so I could do the bulk
of my commute by bus on the 22 and do the last mile comfortably."
Walking precincts in one of the Senior Mobile Home Parks off Sylvan,
somebody told me "The seniors need a bus that goes from here to the
senior center before lunch and comes back after lunch so they can go
their for it."
Have a suggestion for this list?
Please email it to TNHarter@ispwest.com!