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Transit passes for city employees - thanks, question, and suggestions

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:18:11 -0700

Dear Mayor Cline, Council Members, and staff,

Thank you for taking the initiative to encourage employee transit use. The
proposed program to provide City employees with free Caltrain Go Passes,
included in the mid-year budget review that you’ll consider tomorrow, is a
smart step for a sustainable city.

This step by the city as a major employer puts the city in a leadership
role as it moves forward with additional initiatives to increase
sustainable transportation and reduce congestion.

A question about a complementary step - has the city assessed how many
employees work in the East Bay and would benefit from a deep-discount
EcoPass which reduces cost for use of the Dumbarton bus? This could
benefit additional employees and also help alleviate congestion on Willow -
Stanford University reports that 50% of their East Bay employees use the
bus service with the availability of the discount.

A few suggestions for the future, as the city matures its sustainable
transportation program.

1) As an large employer, the city is big enough to buy into the GoPass
programs, but many of our smaller employers are not. The City of Palo Alto,
with its new Transportation Management Association, is planning to work
with Caltrain to seek to develop a "TMA GoPass" that would allow the TMA to
be the bulk purchasing agent for a consortium of many smaller employers.This
would allow more workers to take Caltrain, including lower-income workers
for whom the full price of Caltrain is inaccessible.

2) Employers and TMAs whose populations use more than one agency need a
complex process to purchase bulk passes for more than one agency. It would
be helpful in the long term to work with MTC, Clipper, and other
institutional customers to enable easier bulk purchasing for multiple
brands of transit.

Thanks for your consideration,

- Adina

Adina Levin
Menlo Park
Received on Tue Mar 15 2016 - 13:23:42 PDT

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