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VTA has launched Envision Silicon Valley to engage community leaders and county residents in a dynamic visioning process to discuss current and future transportation needs, identify solutions and craft funding priorities. 

This process will help us prepare for a potential countywide sales tax measure on the 2016 ballot to enhance transit, highways, expressways and active transportation (bicycles, pedestrians and complete streets).

VTA staff has provided the Board of Directors with a recommendation about a potential 2016 transportation ballot measure based on more than a year of public and stakeholder input. Please view the recommendation to learn more.

On June 2, 2016, VTA’s Board of Directors is scheduled to make a final decision about how to allocate funds across program categories for the proposed sales tax measure. This meeting is open to the public and will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Chambers of the County Government Center, located at 70 West Hedding Street in San Jose.

Programs and projects for the possible sales tax measure will be drawn from the Envision Silicon Valley and Plan Bay Area 2040 long-range transportation plans​. The VTA Board of Directors approved the updated comprehensive list.​ 

Learn more about the Project Evaluation or download the Envision Silicon Valley project list.​
Envision Silicon Valley program schedule updated May 4, 2016
VTA is seeking input from community leaders throughout the long-range planning process. These stakeholders reflect the diversity within the county, and include participants representing transit groups, environmental organizations, building trades, community service organizations, chambers of commerce, medical centers and universities.​

Try Our “Transportation Challenge”

You can provide feedback on the long-range transportation programs and projects you’d like to see through our interactive website at www.envisionsv.org.

Envision Silicon VAlley Transportation Challenge screenshot
Tell us how you would spend transportation funds by trying our Transportation Challenge. By selecting different program spending options, you’ll see what types of projects can be completed at various levels of investment, while simultaneously learning about VTA programs and budget tradeoffs.

On this site, you'll also find a survey that invites you to rank your top transportation priorities. Your comments will be included in a report to VTA’s Board of Directors.

Visit the site today to participate, and please share the site on social media or with anyone you know that has an interest in how we invest in Santa Clara County's transportation system. If you share your vision, please use #EnvisionSV and tag @VTA on Twitter.​

Public Meetings

VTA will hold several informational meetings in May 2016. The public is invited to learn about progress made toward developing an expenditure plan for a possible transportation sales tax on the November 2016 ballot. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Download the flyer about the meetings, also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog and Korean.

May 3, 7 p.m.: Gilroy City Hall, Council Chambers; 7351 Rosanna St., Gilroy, CA 95020. Served by bus route 19. View map.
 
May 9, 7 p.m.: San Jose City Hall, Wing Rooms 118-120; 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Served by bus routes 22, 23, 63, 64, 65, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 and MST 55. View map.
 
May 23, 7 p.m.: Campbell Community Center, Roosevelt Redwood Room (Building Q, Room 80, adjacent to the Heritage Theatre); 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008. Served by bus routes 26 and 60. View map.
 
May 26, 7 p.m.: Mountain View City Hall, Council Chambers; 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041. Served by bus routes 52, 81, 34 and 35. View map.
 
May 31, 7 p.m.: Santa Clara University, Locatelli Student Activity Center; 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. Served by bus routes 22, 32, 60, 81 and 522. View map.

The last meeting will be livestreamed on VTA’s YouTube channel. You may submit your questions on VTA's YouTube channel during the live stream or tweet us using @VTA and #envisionsv to follow the conversation. A recording of the presentation will also be available on our YouTube channel following the meeting.

Public Outreach

Throughout fall and winter 2015, VTA conducted community outreach to explain Envision Silicon Valley and seek input from residents.

Approximately 1,300 individuals attended one of 41 group presentations, community open houses or Transit Justice Alliance public workshops. Feedback gathered at these meetings is being compiled into a report that is being provided to VTA’s Board of Directors.

Subscribe to Envision Silicon Valley updates to be informed when meetings are announced.

Do you have feedback on long-range transportation programs and projects that you’d like to share right away? Please email us at envision.sv@vta.org.

Textizen

VTA also worked with Textizen, a text message-based survey platform, to gather input and share information with people using their cell phone.

Thank you to everyone who participated in these surveys. You can see the results of the first survey here and the second survey here, including the response trends and participants statements about their transportation priorities.

Long-Range Transportation Goals

The VTA Board of Directors adopted the Goals for Envision Silicon Valley on June 4. They were developed in collaboration with volunteer groups and were previously reviewed and recommended for adoption by the Ad Hoc Committee on Envision Silicon Valley. The VTA Board of Directors also adopted Evaluation Criteria to evaluate how projects would help achieve the goals.

Stakeholder Groups

As part of Envision Silicon Valley, we work closely with our advisory committees and have established stakeholder groups to solicit their vision and input. The ad hoc committee of the VTA Board of Directors was formed to help guide stakeholders and staff through the process.

VTA staff identified three outcomes for the Envision Silicon Valley process: 
  1. Develop criteria that will be used to create a viable list of transportation projects.
  2. Establish a list of transportation projects to address mobility and congestion.
  3. Create a financing plan.

If you are interested in learning more about Envision Silicon Valley please contact us at envision.sv@vta.org.

Envision Silicon Valley Call for Projects

VTA worked with city agencies, the County, civic groups, stakeholders and the public to develop a list of new and updated projects to be included in Envision Silicon Valley and Plan Bay Area 2040. The VTA Board of Directors recently adopted this comprehensive list.​

The Project Evaluation is now available, and you can download the Envision Silicon Valley project list adopted by the VTA Board of Directors.

Projects were submitted through a call for projects. To learn more, visit this website or contact us at envision.sv@vta.org