SAN JOSE (KCBS)—The head of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority wants to speed up the light-rail train system.

VTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez , who was hired last October was the former COO of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, thinks rail service in Silicon Valley can be sped up.

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“It’s a very effective system; the problem is it’s just too slow, just because of design decisions made given funding 28-plus years ago, “ she said. “So there’s an opportunity to institute a series of light-rail efficiency projects that would help us speed up the commute,” she said.

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VTA light rail slows to about 10 mph through downtown San Jose, she said. “That just adds minutes to the commute.” She said if it were a straight track, underground or if the rail used a different type of alignment that things could run much smoother.

Meanwhile, she’s been accepting feedback from riders through  a customer survey. VTA was widely criticized for service to and from the 49ers Levi’s Stadium during the home opener and a soccer match.

According to Fernandez there has been 320,000 more trips on light rail—an increase of three percent over the last 12 months.

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Over the last year, the number of trips on light rail has increased by three percent.