- SunTran

VTA seems to be an effective agency overall, with broad responsibility for a large area and many communities. While Sunnyvale benefits from VTA Light Rail and Caltrain, bus service is minimal and Sunnyvale has weak public transportation overall in spite of well-connected rail service. Sunnyvale’s unique geography, business community, needs, and opportunities need a dedicated overlay transit service to provide missing elements. These services and infrastructure can bridge the ’last mile’, enabling many more work, domestic, leisure, and exercise transit trips in modes other than personal vehicles. This would transform Sunnyvale from an often gridlocked, dangerous travel zone to one where most trips could be accomplished quickly, conveniently, and inexpensively without a vehicle.

Bus solutions seem usually to suffer from self-reinforcing problems: Bus service doesn’t get expanded or improved because few people ride the bus. Few people ride the bus because it isn’t effective, efficient, or convenient. Few people want to subsidize an inefficient transport service that won’t benefit many, but the bus system is expensive if it isn’t used much and isn’t valuable to businesses. This has played out in many areas, and you can see how it has been solved in certain circumstances. Key examples here are:

  1. Close-in airport shuttles for things like rental cars: San Diego now uses a common rental car bus system to the rental car building, greatly reducing wait times, polution, and overhead for everyone.
  2. Corporate bus systems, such as the often discussed Google, Facebook, Apple, et al Silicon Valley / San Francisco routes.

Key proposals that should be managed by SunTran:

  1. Bus Rapid Transit for Sunnyvale
  2. Sunnyvale Bicycle Highway
  3. Pedicabs
  4. Predictive Traffic Signals
  5. Traffic Modeling
  6. Parking planning
  7. Towing regulation
  8. Shared use shuttle program
  9. Electric bike (EBike) share
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- SunTran

VTA seems to be an effective agency overall, with broad responsibility for a large area and many communities. While Sunnyvale benefits from VTA Light Rail and Caltrain, bus service is minimal and Sunnyvale has weak public transportation overall in spite of well-connected rail service. Sunnyvale’s unique geography, business community, needs, and opportunities need a dedicated overlay transit service to provide missing elements. These services and infrastructure can bridge the ’last mile’, enabling many more work, domestic, leisure, and exercise transit trips in modes other than personal vehicles. This would transform Sunnyvale from an often gridlocked, dangerous travel zone to one where most trips could be accomplished quickly, conveniently, and inexpensively without a vehicle.

Bus solutions seem usually to suffer from self-reinforcing problems: Bus service doesn’t get expanded or improved because few people ride the bus. Few people ride the bus because it isn’t effective, efficient, or convenient. Few people want to subsidize an inefficient transport service that won’t benefit many, but the bus system is expensive if it isn’t used much and isn’t valuable to businesses. This has played out in many areas, and you can see how it has been solved in certain circumstances. Key examples here are:

  1. Close-in airport shuttles for things like rental cars: San Diego now uses a common rental car bus system to the rental car building, greatly reducing wait times, polution, and overhead for everyone.
  2. Corporate bus systems, such as the often discussed Google, Facebook, Apple, et al Silicon Valley / San Francisco routes.

Key proposals that should be managed by SunTran:

  1. Bus Rapid Transit for Sunnyvale
  2. Sunnyvale Bicycle Highway
  3. Pedicabs
  4. Predictive Traffic Signals
  5. Traffic Modeling
  6. Parking planning
  7. Towing regulation
  8. Shared use shuttle program
  9. Electric bike (EBike) share