Improving Your Commute: Napa Valley Transportation Authority kicks off Vine Transit Express Bus Corridor survey
Date: Tuesday, September 17
Media Contact: Mike Blasky, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NAPA — How would you speed up your Napa Valley commute?
The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) is asking Napa County commuters to share their commuting experiences to help improve regional Express Bus Service.
Visit www.VineExpressBusStudy.com to answer a short survey about ways to upgrade Vine Transit express service. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $25 Visa gift cards.
There is substantial public interest in a more efficient, modern transit system along the SR-29 corridor for key regional connections to BART, the Vallejo ferry and Capitol Corridor. Updated information about where you travel, including new destinations such as connections to the new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), will be essential for building a better Express Bus System.
A detailed FAQ with more examples of Express Bus Service is available on NVTA’s website: http://www.nvta.ca.gov/vine-transit-express-bus-corridor-study
NVTA Executive Director Kate Miller said the service must be faster, smarter and more frequent to compete with cars. Getting people out of their cars and on to the bus can reduce traffic congestion during peak commute hours and weekends and greatly improve the quality of life for all commuters.
“We’ve never had a comprehensive express bus study in the past. Instead we’ve relied heavily on peak period commute patterns and implemented new express bus service accordingly. This study will focus heavily on operating efficiencies and building facilities on the SR-29 corridor so that commuters can get to the main express bus hubs by biking, driving, using local transit services, and walking,” Miller said.
The agency is conducting an ambitious public outreach campaign to complement the survey, with a robust social media campaign and direct outreach using postcards and posting posters with “QR” codes that will link your smart device directly to the survey.
“We want to make it very easy for the community to participate, because we want the community to tell us what ideas they have and what changes they would like to see in the Valley’s Express Bus Service,” said Alberto Esqueda, the NVTA planner leading the study.
Vine Transit regional routes to locations like BART, Solano County and Sonoma have experienced significant ridership growth over the last several years. NVTA anticipates that the demand for transit will continue to increase as housing in Napa becomes less available and less affordable for many workers in the Valley, Miller said.
“We also need to make the system smarter by implementing new technologies in order to better serve Napa Valley’s communities. The survey will be essential for rounding out the information we need and we are eager to hear what the community has to say,” Miller said.
Take the survey: www.VineExpressBusStudy.com