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VTA Plan Will Analyze North Central County Transit Connections

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VTA is taking a fresh look at transit service. In Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara and Cupertino we are evaluating ways to prepare for the proposed arrival of bus rapid transit (BRT) service on El Camino Real and Stevens Creek Boulevard and to support growing transportation needs due to growth in employment in the area.

The North Central County Bus Improvement Plan (NCCBIP) will analyze north-south transit service in these cities and may recommend route, scheduling and frequency changes in order to best match the needs of current and potential transit riders. The goal will be to provide fast, efficient, direct trips and easy connections that best meet the needs of the public.

The study is expected to wrap up this summer, around the time that the El Camino Real BRT Draft Environmental Impact Report will be released.

VTA will work closely with city staff, large employers, and the Sunnyvale and Mountain View Transportation Management Associations to identify current and future needs based on anticipated development. The plan will analyze existing service levels and consider the effect of the projected ridership increase that the proposed BRT routes would have on connecting routes when they begin service in 2018.

VTA’s Transit Sustainability Policy, which requires that transit service be justified by transit demand, will guide the changes recommend in the Plan. One of VTA’s priorities is increasing its fare box recover ratio (the proportion of operating costs funded by transit fares) to 20 percent to 25 percent. Efficient and financially sustainable transit services that successfully boost ridership will help us get there.

Tell us in the comments: What needs do you see for north-south transit service in the North Central County cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Cupertino?

Map showing local bus routes in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Cupertino that will be analyzed in VTA's North Central County Bus Improvement Plan

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