Areas where decreases or discontinuances of transit service are proposed are typically areas with low-density, automobile-oriented development patterns. These areas are difficult to serve with fixed route transit as potential riders are widely dispersed, and buses can only serve those who are within walking distance of a bus stop. Fixed-route is simply a poor fit for this development pattern.
VTA is exploring service models that are more compatible with these types of places. These include contributing to city shuttle programs and subsidizing trips made via on-demand services. Both options can provide mobility at a lower cost to VTA than operating a fixed-route service in some cases. The latter option allows travelers to make direct, door-to-door trips at their convenience which may be preferable to traveling by fixed-route transit.
The recommendations of the Core Connectivity Study will be considered by VTA’s Board of Directors in early 2017.