Posted by gcoladon, a resident of the Slater neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm gcoladon is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Whenever those in government ask, "What problem should we be solving?", and "Who should we be solving a problem for?", a little light bulb goes on near my head, and I wonder, "Can private enterprises use their own capital to try to figure these problems out, rather than have taxpayers footing the bill?" Especially if we're talking about automobiles, and not trains (which are quite a bit harder for private enterprises to build, compared to setting up a shuttle bus route).
Posted by CT, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm
i completed the survey and our only interest in a shuttle was for a ride from Mountain View High after school, so students could get to downtown area without having to walk the long stretch from MVHS to Grant or make bus changes, since there is more walking to get home once they get near downtown. We have work conflicts for pick-ups and also find Grant is VERY congested.
Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Wait.. what is VTA for? Why is Mountain View even thinking about getting into the transit business? The county already has a transit agency. Shouldn't the city work with the county on something like this?
Could it be that people don't really want to take buses? Even if we call it a shuttle.. people know it's really still a bus.
Posted by Nancy Morimoto, a resident of the The Crossings neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm
A shuttle is really important if the city wants to allow more density in the San Antonio Change Area. If there is gridlock, a distinct possibility here, then all the wonderful new retail, office and/or residential development will be a negative, not a positive for the city. Every possible avenue for reducing vehicles in the area need to be used.
Posted by jupiterk, a resident of the Gemello neighborhood, on Oct 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm
if the city council members and employees steal less from our taxes, there is money to run 100+ shuttles in our city for many years. What we have is a system where the local govt is spending too much on themselves and leaving almost nothing for the people who are paying these millions in property taxes,sales taxes...
Posted by City should stay out of bus business, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Oct 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm
The city should stay out of the shuttle business. Actually it should stay out of running any type of business. If Google ran there company like the government governs, then they would have failed a long time ago.
We have bus system like Otto said, if we need more, then they need to step up, not the city run it's own bus system. Lets just spend spend spend, the tax payers will pay for it. Right?
Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community, on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm
We have 2 Caltrain stations to start, we have 2 major office parks. Idea is to blend VTA and a local easy to ride shuttle. Start planning, look at certain routes and the cost. Sell, Market and get riders.
Posted by Donald, a resident of another community, on Nov 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm
VTA provides service where it gets used. They cut service in Palo Alto because ridership was so low. They kept some of the routes used by Gunn High students but it took some intense lobbying. If Mountain View can convince VTA that they can fill buses, VTA will give it a trial. Otherwise, forget it.