Slow train for bicyclists
Original post made on Jun 27, 2008
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on Jun 27, 2008 at 5:51 am
No end to special "neediness" of bicyclers over everybody else. Grow-up.
on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:41 pm
What Caltrain, VTA, BART and the rest fail to realise is that the service they are providing is not user friendly.
How can they envisage a huge increase in ridership with the pathetic service they offer?
With gas prices forecasted at $7 a gallon within the next two years, these agencies need to get their acts together fast.
We need offpeak discounts. We need family passes. We need the opportunity to be able to travel on two buses for one journey at one price as well as the opportunity to travel by say bus and Caltrain on one ticket. We need to be able to go to the bus stop and find out immediately where and when the next bus will arrive and where it will take us. We need to be able to get off a bus and know straight away where to catch the bus for the return journey. We need to be able to use public transport to SFO and San Jose airports. We need to be able to do all this in great numbers and need to do it soon.
Having lived in other countries where using public transport was the norm, moving here I have had to become car dependent. I am used to good service and the service here is a joke. I have used BART and couldn't find out how to pay for parking or where I was when I surfaced in the center of San Francisco (no maps or signs). I have sent my kids off on public transport only to get phone calls a couple of hours later saying that they have no idea where to get the bus back home. Using VTA website to find bus routes for school services they tell me that today there is a bus rte 88 and we go there and find that school day service does not mean summerschool day service, so tough if you want to get to Gunn for summer school.
I would use transit more often, but it is not user friendly.
on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:46 pm
And by the way,
If the public transport actually took us to where we wanted to go there would be less need for bicycles on buses and trains. And, if there was sensible drop off spots at stations without having to drive round the block or wait in the middle of parking lots (or have farmers' markets using parking lots on Sundays when day trippers could use them) it would help.