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Letter: Millbrae-SFO BART shuttle nonsense

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  • 7/30 Menlo Park Almanac
    Published Wednesday, July 30, 2003, in the Menlo Park Almanac Letters to the Editor Not happy with new BART shuttle Besides the much-needed BART extension from
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      Published Wednesday, July 30, 2003, in the Menlo Park Almanac

      Letters to the Editor

      Not happy with new BART shuttle

      Besides the much-needed BART extension from Colma to San Francisco
      International Airport, BART also opened a "shuttle" that runs
      exclusively between Millbrae and SFO.

      Since the only possible reason to use this shuttle is to connect to
      Caltrain, why don't the shuttle schedules align with Caltrain arrival
      times, rather than frequently resulting in 15- or 20-minute layovers?
      For that matter, why does the shuttle run only every 20 minutes, even
      though it's only a 5-minute ride?

      Given the extra walking to each terminal and the infrequent service,
      the BART shuttle from Millbrae to SFO is no faster than the previous
      (free) bus shuttle. Newark International Airport extended its
      AirTrain system (similar to SFO's) to the nearby New Jersey Transit
      commuter rail station, rather than building train tracks all the way
      into the terminal. This costs a lot less than BART to build and
      operate, runs every three minutes, and stops at every terminal.

      Wouldn't an AirTrain connection to Millbrae have made a lot more
      sense?

      The ill-conceived "Millbrae BART shuttle" -- over-engineered,
      overpriced, and no more convenient than the previous bus shuttle --
      shows what happens when the whims of politicians, not the findings of
      professional transportation planners, dictate how a system gets
      built.

      Armando Fox
      Palo Alto
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