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
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