It turns out that the VTA had made the same pitch to the Sunnyvale City Council on May 22, but that council had voted against dedicated bus lanes. In response, the VTA canceled a meeting with the Palo Alto City Council and scheduled only an informal presentation to the Mountain View council with no voting requested.
On Nov. 1, the VTA board of directors (which includes Margaret Abe-Koga as this area's representative) voted to proceed with an environmental review of the VTA's bus plan. Under the $200 million "optimal" plan, dedicated bus lanes would not extend north of Showers Drive in Mountain View. In other words, the rich and powerful from Los Altos (at San Antonio Road) and Palo Alto would not be burdened.
Dedicated bus lanes with traffic light preference and boarding stations in the center of the roadway would not only slow traffic on El Camino, but would also slow crossing at each intersection. The paucity of riders will not change even when it becomes even harder to drive because few places of work are within walking distance of El Camino Real.
It is great that someone has a plan for El Camino Real. It is under-utilized. But not every plan is consistent with the interests of existing residents.
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