The Stevens Creek Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project would provide a rapid transit service for 8.5 miles from De Anza College to the Transit Mall in downtown San Jose using San Carlos Avenue and Stevens Creek Boulevard. The Stevens Creek BRT project would add a BRT service (BRT 523) in addition to the local (Line 23), which would provide fast, frequent service, with limited stops, and enhanced amenities for passengers. The Stevens Creek BRT project is the third of three BRT lines preceded by Santa Clara/Alum Rock and El Camino Real projects.
The Stevens Creek corridor is served by VTA’s second highest ridership line. Due to increased demand on Line 23, VTA began service on the Limited Stop Line 323 which provides faster and more direct service between De Anza College and downtown San Jose by supplementing Line 23. The Limited Stop Line 323 service operates weekdays and is a first step towards building an effective Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on Stevens Creek. VTA and cities are preparing for future population and business growth in the Stevens Creek corridor by building a transit network that will support the existing demand in the corridor as well as future growth tomorrow. The goal is to create a faster and more frequent service.
The Stevens Creek BRT service would include the following features:
- Special Vehicles – Equipped with green technology and comfortable, modern interiors.
- Enhanced Stations – Offering attractive shelters, passenger amenities and advanced features.
- Dedicated Lanes – The BRT vehicles would travel in a dedicated median busway where adopted, separated from traffic to improve travel time.
- Transit Signal Priority – Traffic signals stay green as the vehicle approaches the intersection for faster travel time.
- High-Tech Communications – ‘Up-to-the-minute’ information through electronic message signs at stations and featuring wireless capabilities.
- Rapid Boarding – Ticket machines and all-door boarding means faster stops.
- Fast, Frequent, Reliable –BRT operating headways of 10 and 15 minutes are anticipated.
Service would be provided at 13 stations:
De Anza College
San Tomas Expressway
Valley Fair/Santana Row
Stevens Creek Project Fact Sheet
||May 2012 – May 2014
||May 2014-September 2015
||October 2015- October 2017
|First Day of Service
Project Cost and Funding
The 2009 VTA BRT Strategic Plan estimated the cost for the Stevens Creek BRT project to be $145 million (2008 dollars), with $5.0 million secured thus far through the Measure A Transit Improvement Program. When conceptual engineering begins in April 2012 both costs and funding opportunities will be evaluated further.