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Bus lanes back on the table

Original post made on Nov 15, 2012

The possibility of a light rail-like bus system and new bike lanes on El Camino Real are still on the table for Mountain View after a recent VTA vote.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by Cuesta Resident, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Removing 2 lanes for cars on El Camino would be a HUGE burden on Mountain View residents and would primarily benefit people who live in other cities.

We MV residents need El Camino for local driving where taking a bus is far too costly and time-consuming.

We should instead consider ADDING 2 NEW lanes to El Camino for buses (remove current parking on El Camino, reduce median, and if needed expand lanes). This would be a win for local driving and for people taking buses through the city, and is a much better compromise.

Alternatively, if we feel bike lanes are more important than bus lanes, then just get rid of parking on El Camino and use that space for bike lanes, while keeping all the existing car lanes.


Posted by BC, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Great idea ... land lock all the cars onto El Camino and have sales service from the stores by roller skates or bicycles. We have seen the great results the VTA and the light rail has been.

El Camino is already a nightmare with the existing lanes and many of the locals residents are using alternate streets. El Camino only goes near where people want to go, so it is a convenient route to take but not to use as a transportation.

Assume you could get to the bus rote from home, Its a 1/2 mile to Sunnyvale mall, mile long walk to cal train, El Camino Hospital strangely is not on El Camino. Shoreline park not even in consideration. You would end up transferring and thus adding another 30-60 min to your commute. This also assume no one carries any packages.