Palo Alto shuttles, bikestation report heavy use
- Published Tuesday, November 27, 2001, in the Palo Alto Daily News
City shuttle, bikestation report heavy use
By Tami Min
Daily News Staff Writer
A record number of users for Palo Alto's free shuttle and bikestation
services were reported for the month of October. The Crosstown
Shuttle alone gained a 215 percent increase in daily ridership.
The average daily ridership on that line jumped from 120 to 380. That
route alone carries about 125 Gunn students and 35 middle school kids
each day. It runs a full day service from the Midtown, Ventura and
Barron Park neighborhoods to the VA Hospital, Gunn High School and
Stanford Middle School.
The city's free shuttle service, which was expanded from two to five
buses in September, had more than 14,000 people use the system in
October. City officials are also planning to add new signs for the
system in January.
An average of 611 people rode the shuttle each day last month. During
the 18-month pilot period before the system was expanded, an average
of 282 people used the shuttle system.
The Embarcadero Shuttle has shown a 40 percent increase in daily
ridership, since the service was increased and a new trip to Jordan
Middle School was added in the mornings. More than two dozen middle
school students use the shuttle daily.
The Embarcadero service also meets all trains at the Caltrain station
and continues to serve the Bayshore/Baylands area, Palo Alto High
School and Castilleja School.
Also in October, the Bikestation, which rents and repairs bikes and
provides free bicycle parking for Caltrain commuters, had 1,063
people park their wheels there. A recent survey at the Bikestation
showed that 78 percent of the users worked locally. Attendants parked
an average of 45 bikes each day in October.