VTA Light Rail Station a Blight on Downtown MV
Original post made by Curious Observer on Aug 7, 2007
Has anyone else noticed the sad state of the light rail station?
on Aug 7, 2007 at 11:01 pm
hardly surprising- how would the VTA have resources to keep up a boondoggle that nobody uses?
on Aug 12, 2007 at 11:55 am
Curious Observer is a registered user.
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.
on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:50 am
I hope the City of Mountain View thinks carefully about the problems with VTA while they are updating the General Plan.
For example, it takes an hour to get from downtown Mountain View to downtown San Jose via VTA light rail. By car the same trip only takes 15 minutes. I know a lot of environmentally-conscious people who would love to "spare the air" and commute to work via VTA but it's just not an efficient use of their time.
BART and Caltrain, on the other hand, work extremely well for commuters because the commute time is about the same as by car (or even less if during rush hour traffic) so it actually encourages people to use them.
It's no surprise that VTA ridership is low and that the program is one of the most expensive in the nation to run.
It is no surprise that VTA is losing money