Save the VTA 35 and 88 Bus and Outreach Paratransit Service for Palo Alto
Cuts or changes are being considered for the VTA 88 and 35 buses in Palo Alto. Federal funding for Outreach paratransit service for seniors and those with disabilities is tied to VTA bus lines, so we may lose paratransit too. If approved, these changes may be implemented next summer. Learn more here http://nextnetwork.vta.org/ and see the concept maps http://nextnetwork.vta.org/busconcepts .

VTA 35 bus is an important transportation backbone for Palo Alto residents. It provides access to several community centers, libraries and schools and provides access to both Palo Alto and Mountain View downtowns.

VTA bus 88, 88L, and 88M service is critical to student transportation at Gunn High School. Not only is this service important to those who take the bus every day or only when the weather is inclement, but the reduction of cars on Arastradero Road during school commute hours is important for a congested residential arterial route serving multiple schools and the Stanford Research Park. Over 100 students take the bus each way to Gunn High School, and that’s 100 fewer cars on Arastradero Road during the morning commute.

Together these bus lines serve hundreds of affordable and senior housing units, providing service to people of all ages and abilities who cannot or who choose not to drive.

Cuts to VTA 35 and 88 buses can also result in cuts in Outreach paratransit service for seniors and those with disabilities because, by Federal law, paratransit rides must be provided within ¾ mile of a VTA transit route.

We the undersigned request that, as part of VTA’s Next Network, the VTA retain and expand service to Gunn High School, retain the VTA 35 and 88 buses, and not make reductions in Outreach paratransit service. Please work with the City of Palo Alto and Gunn High School PTSA to identify better solutions for our community.

(Petition organized by Arthur Keller and Penny Ellson.)
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