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Public Opportunity to Weigh in on Capitol Expressway Light Rail Plans

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A public meeting and open house is scheduled for Thursday, October 18 to present information on updated plans to extend VTA light rail from the Alum Rock station to the Eastridge Transit Center.

Attendees can view exhibits of the project features. VTA and its partners will be on hand to provide project details and answer questions. Meeting details are as follows:

October 18, 2018, 6 p.m.
Hank Lopez Center, Multi-Purpose Room
1694 Adrian Way, San José

(This location is served by VTA Transit bus lines 70 and 522.)

The Eastridge to BART Regional Connector: Capitol Expressway Light Rail, as the project is called, underwent design changes which could have significant impacts to the environment. VTA’s Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR-2) describes the potential impacts along with recommendations for mitigating those impacts.

The project includes extending light rail roughly three miles along Capitol Expressway from the Alum Rock Station to the Eastridge Transit Center, providing a regional connection to BART. (From the Alum Rock station, passengers can continue on light rail directly to the newly built Milpitas BART station, when BART Silicon Valley service begins.)

The updated design includes elevated tracks along Capitol Expressway, an elevated station at Story Road, and a ground-level station at Eastridge Transit Center. This design is safer and will allow light rail service to travel at faster speeds avoiding vehicle traffic intersections. 

VTA released the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft SEIR-2 for the proposed project on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and will be soliciting comments for 45 days, or until 5 P.M. on Monday November 19, 2018. The NOA contains the project description, location, public review period dates, public meeting information, summary of significant impacts, presence of hazardous materials sites within the project area pursuant to California Government Code Section 65962.5, and information on where the draft document can be found for review.

To view the project NOA, please visit the following link: www.vta.org/eastridgetobart.





 

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