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Grassroots Group Forms to Address City's Traffic Congestion

Clogged up traffic in Cupertino is at the heart of a local group looking to provide solutions.

When I spoke to city council candidates in the run-up to the election I asked them what topics of concern were they hearing about from their neighbors. There were two that got the most mention: traffic and retail.

Traffic congestion relief and the environmental benefits of cutting back on car usage in Cupertino was at the heart of at over the past few months.

Jones’ blogs took on a life of their own spawning serious conversations here on Cupertino Patch about how to solve some of the traffic congestion problems in the city.

Now a group of people such as Jones, , John Bartas, and Frank Geefay have formed a citizens’ group, Friends of Cupertino Transit System, which is taking it upon themselves to find solutions to getting people out of their cars and into a convenient transit system.

Coming soon will be a website of its own and regularly planned meetings.

Cupertino Patch will serve as a hub for the group where you’ll find updates on the concept and a place where you can contribute your own ideas and concerns.

Stay tuned and let us know if you want to get involved.

Gary Latshaw December 17, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Starting a discussion like this is great.
Frank Geefay December 17, 2011 at 07:44 PM
I feel that an effective transit system for the city of Cupertino could solve traffic congestion around key local schools and make shopping in Cupertino a more convenient and pleasant experience. For the last decade solving traffic congestion around the tri-school area (Lincoln, Kennedy, and Monta Vista) have been used by candidates running for City Council as an issue they would solve. Yet traffic is as congested as ever and only token solutions have been implemented. Having a busing solution would significantly reduce this traffic problem if student drop offs around the schools could also be restricted. Shuttle service along Wolf Rd. to Stevens Creek then South on De Anza Blvd. corridors would serve most Cupertino shopping centers and businesses. Shoppers could drive to the shopping area closest to them, park their cars there, and take the shuttle to any shop along the rout. There should be free WiFi on buses and bus stops to make the riding experience more rewarding. There should be a website that shows the location of every bus and when it will arrive at the next few stops. The web site will also have maps of shopping centers and advertisements from the shops and businesses and barcode coupons, etc. But to be effective it must be free so that residents will use it. Who will pay for? The city of Cupertino and local businesses would pay. Additional State and Federal fund could also be found. Is this a real possibility. Absoluteness but need community support.
Mony Lorach May 18, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Hi, We are new residents in Cupertino. Let us know how we can help to support this great initiative. Mony and Tristan Lorach
Anne Ernst (Editor) May 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Hi Mony and Tristan Lorach, I'll forward your message to the group. Welcome to Cupertino and on behalf of Friends of Cupertino Transit, thanks for your interest!
Gary E. Jones May 19, 2012 at 02:36 PM
FYI all, the bus in this photo was sold very recently to a man in Florida. He drove it back home from Cupertino to start a private bus line in his village. Shoot; another opportunity lost for our home town.
Chris Zhang June 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Mony and Tristan - welcome to Cupertino! Can you email me at cczesq@gmail.com? We're happy to see you share the same passion.

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