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VTA is Helping to Inspire Transit Oriented Communities in Silicon Valley

Lively. Diverse. Unique. Transit Oriented Communities (TOCs) offer solutions to many of the issues Silicon Valley is currently struggling with. TOCs are neighborhoods with walkable places to live, work, shop, plan, and learn. These communities strive to provide a diversity of jobs, housing types, and economic opportunities while reducing displacement and providing affordable housing choices.

Silicon Valley is in need of well-designed, affordable, and diverse communities that promote healthy lifestyles, improve access to a variety of jobs and economic opportunities, and offer a mix of housing options.

Changing plans and policies to hasten these communities is key to achieving the vision communities and cities across the Bay Area have set for the future. VTA’s BART Phase II presents a unique opportunity to spur the development of Transit Oriented Communities.

 

What Creates a Great Transit Oriented Community?

Easy Access to What People Need - TOCs offer what you need to work, live, play, and run your daily errands without needing to drive.

Housing Choices for Everyone - TOCs also ensure investment in existing neighborhoods to build complete mixed-income communities.

people walkingClose to Shops - TOCs prioritize activity at the street level – shops, places to eat and recreate.

Safe People Spaces - TOCs support vibrant public spaces that support and help build diverse communities.

Local Businesses and Services - Walkable, transit oriented neighborhoods support local retail, services, restaurants, and other businesses.

Supports My Community - TOCs strengthen neighborhoods through adding needed services, sensitive design and community spaces


Ongoing TOD and TOC Efforts

Transit Oriented Communities Strategy Study

A Once In a Century Opportunity
VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension through Downtown San José and Santa Clara provides an extraordinary opportunity to sustainably organize Silicon Valley's future growth around BART. Silicon Valley is in need of more well-designed, affordable, and diverse communities that promote healthy lifestyles, improve access to a variety of jobs and economic opportunities, and offer a mix of housing options.

Creating Transit Oriented Communities
Enhancing station areas with transit oriented communities (TOCs) means creating walkable places to live, work, shop, play, and learn. By design, TOCs make access and use of transit easy and convenient, resulting in less driving. All of this can help realize community, city, and regional goals.


People walking

VTA is leading this study to identify paths to achieving TOCs at the Alum Rock/28th Street, Downtown San José, and Santa Clara BART station areas. The study complements the Diridon Station Area Plan update and the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan process being done in a parallel coordinated effort.

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The Strategy Study
The Transit Oriented Communities Strategy Study builds on existing city and community plans to secure the future of TOCs. The Study will identify strategies and recommend tools to proactively catalyze and enable TOCs in Santa Clara County in advance of VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II operations. VTA’s BART Silicon Valley and the Cities of San José and Santa Clara staff teams will work in close coordination to execute the TOC strategies identified in the Study.

What the Strategy Study Does

Builds Upon and Advances Community Visions and Plans

  • Leverages Silicon Valley’s strong real estate market and organizes future growth along the BART alignment, while reflecting community values and culture, and enhancing community livability.

Secures the Future of TOCs

  • Makes TOCs a priority for growth and affordable housing.
  • Makes a clear case for the broad benefits and requirements of TOCs.
  • Analyzes and mitigates for potential impacts, such as displacement.
  • Prevents the need for retroactive planning.

Provides a “Path to TOCs Playbook” for the Cities to Implement

  • Accelerates coordinated and cooperative TOC planning efforts.
  • Enables strategies and policies to protect existing residents and businesses.
  • Provides paths to secure funding and implementation for TOCs.
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How to Get Involved

This study sets the stage for an ongoing and collaborative planning process with the cities as well as local, regional, state, and federal government to secure the future of TOCs in Silicon Valley. VTA will present the study’s recommendations to City Councils and at other community events this fall. We need your participation and support to realize the TOC vision!

 

 


 

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