Posted by Curious Observer, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2007 at 11:55 am
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eric: Do you use the VTA or Caltrain? Have you seen these stations during commute hours or do you base your comments on seeing the stations during non-commute hours? Hang out at the stations during the morning and afternoon rush and you'll see a number of people going from Caltrain to the Lightrail and vice versa.
With that said, I admit that the lightrail from San Jose to Mountain View is not as heavily used as it is from San Jose to Santa Teresa. It's been a while, but as a rider from MV to downtown SJ I have noticed the following:
1. I rarely see anyone get on or off at the Moffett Park station. This definitely seems like a wasted station. Same with the Lockheed station. How big is the campus? Can Lockheed employees walk to the station or does Lockheed have a shuttle for them?
2. MV city council continues to promote housing along the VTA route but where and how are these residents suppose to get their basic living necessities? I know of no grocery stores, drugs stores, etc. along the route.
3. Getting from MV to SJ on the lightrail takes too long. I often drive to the park and ride on 1st street but even from there it takes a long time to get to downtown SJ.
Back to my original comments: I've noticed that the gates where repaired this week and the caution tape and bungee cords removed. Still, the gates look bad. VTA just paints over them when they have to. They're just a mess. I love the globed-light fixture held together with duct tape and the chains to keep people from walking through the landscaping have been broken almost from the moment the station was opened.
Do any VTA officials ever look at the conditions of their stations? What about Mountain View officials? I agree, VTA will say they don't have the funds or personnel to maintain the stations the way they would like. Very sad.