VTA Hosting Four Public Meetings for El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project
|Release Number: || NR 13 02 03|
|Release Date: || Feb 21, 2013|
San Jose, Calif. – The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is getting the environmental review process underway for the El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. VTA will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Assessment (EA) and will hold four public meetings to receive input about the scope and content of these environmental studies. The purpose of the scoping meetings, and first step in the environmental review process, is to identify significant environmental issues and reasonable alternatives and mitigation measures that should be explored in the Draft EIR/EA. Comments from the public are welcome between now and March 8, 2013.
“The VTA Board asked staff to review all BRT project design options from dedicated lanes to mixed flow lanes,” said VTA General Manager Michael T. Burns. “We look forward to working with residents, businesses, commuters, transit riders, city staff, and elected officials as we continue to develop a project that will improve transit and support other local and regional plans that seek to improve and enhance multimodal operations in the El Camino Real corridor.”
VTA is proposing to provide BRT improvements along 17.4 miles of El Camino Real between the HP Pavilion and the Palo Alto Transit Center in the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Palo Alto. Bus Rapid Transit consists of a number of enhancements to make bus service along El Camino Real faster, more reliable, more frequent, and to enhance pedestrian facilities in portions of the corridor. The El Camino Real BRT Project is one of three BRT projects that VTA is planning in three high ridership routes in Santa Clara County. The other two projects are the Santa Clara/Alum Rock BRT Project (nearing construction) and Stevens Creek BRT Project (in the early planning phase).
Members of the public have four opportunities to attend a public meeting to provide input:
- Thursday, February 21, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Santa Clara City Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara
- Thursday, February 28, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mountain View City Council Chambers, 500 Castro St., 2nd Floor, Mountain View
VTA Environmental Programs and Resources Management
Attn: Christina Jaworski
3331 North First St., Bldg. B-2, San Jose, CA 95134
For more meeting details or information about the EIR/EA process, please contact VTA Community Outreach at 408-321-7575, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit the project web page at www.vta.org/brt
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Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region. VTA is responsible for bus, light rail and paratransit operations; congestion management; specific highway improvement projects; countywide transportation planning and provides these services throughout the county including the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale. VTA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Santa Clara County.