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Bike Commute Diaries: Barriers to Transit

31 Mar

The train station is only a mile from my home, but with two major road crossings it’s not that quick a trip. Hit the signal wrong at Shoreline Boulevard and it’s a 90 second wait. Time it wrong at Central Expressway and I’m waiting, waiting, waiting as multiple trains go by, including the one I was supposed to catch this morning.

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Commute Diaries

 

3 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Barriers to Transit

  1. Dan Connelly (@djconnel)

    March 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

    The phases at the Moffit/Castro/Central intersection should be cut in half unless a pedestrian cross button has been pushed in which case the corresponding phase should be increased to allow time for slow pedestrians to cross. 30 seconds is on the high end of what’s needed to minimize expected latency.

     
  2. labicichica

    March 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Boy, do I relate. Just missed a train by seconds last week due to lack of easy access to the station in Redwood City.

     
  3. Stuart M.

    April 1, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Have you tried the Stevens Creek Trail bridge over Central Expressway and the railroad tracks? Yes, it is a bit strenuous to ride up those ramps and spirals, but you will never get stuck on the wrong side of the tracks again!

     

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