Survey: Locals want first dibs at Senior Center
Original post made on Mar 23, 2009
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 23, 2009, 12:12 PM
on Mar 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm
"The report points out, among other things, that there is no bus stop near the Senior Center."
No bus stop?! What about VTA's 35 which stops at California and Escuela? Web Link Why hasn't the Senior Advisory Task Force had access to a VTA map? Perhaps they meant to write that there aren't enough 35 schedules during the day and evenings to support seniors instead of just commuters. That is entirely true. If there were more 35s going back and forth to the Palo Alto and Mountain View transit centers, then the seniors would be well served to the Center.
Please start a letter writing and phone call campaign to the members of the City Council Web Link and VTA Board Web Link requesting more route 35 buses in the daytime and evenings. Thank you!
on Mar 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm
Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.
California and Escuela is nearly a quarter mile from the Senior Center. Many seniors can't walk that far and the simple inconvenience of it will be a deal-breaker for many others.
The task force addresses transportation problems for senior center users in their report on transportation, which starts on page 17:
The point is many seniors can't walk far, can't drive and find VTA's outreach services very inconvenient as all the waiting can take three hours just for a trip to the grocery store.
on Mar 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm
How do the seniors propose the City pays for their free transportation and having the center open on Saturday? The City is already facing a deficit for 09/10. Adding millions in service isn't going to help. I do agree that non-residents need to be charged a fee. This could help with the costs of running the center and its programs.