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Progress on Rapid 523 Bus Stop Construction

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This December, VTA will complete the majority of the bus stop improvements for the upcoming Rapid 523 service.

The new bus route is scheduled to begin in June 2018, in coordination with the arrival of BART service in San Jose. Rapid 523 will improve travel time and enhance the passenger waiting area to encourage walking and bicycling in the corridor.

Construction on the Rapid 523 bus stop improvement project began last May. Since then, 14 different bus stops in San Jose and Santa Clara have been upgraded with new concrete bus pads, curbs, gutters, and/or sidewalks.

This week, construction will begin on a new concrete bus pad at the intersection of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Wolfe Road in Cupertino. The next step in this project involves installing new bus shelters, which is scheduled to take place in spring 2018. These enhanced bus shelters will include weather protection, LED lighting, and may be solar powered based on surrounding site conditions.

The Rapid 523 route will replace the Limited 323, which currently runs from downtown San Jose to De Anza College in Cupertino. Beginning at the Berryessa BART station, the route will travel through downtown San Jose and along the busy San Carlos Street/Stevens Creek Boulevard corridor. It ends in Sunnyvale at the Lockheed Martin Transit Center. Stops along the route include San Jose Convention Center, Santana Row, and De Anza College.

In addition to the upgraded bus stops and direct route to the Berryessa/North San Jose BART station, Rapid 523 service will improve upon the Limited 323 service in other ways. Service will be more frequent with buses coming along every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes. Additionally, traffic signal priority will allow for quicker travel by holding green lights for buses approaching the intersection.

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