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Bascom Avenue Complete Streets Study

Burbank Theater, San Jose (no sidewalk for pedestrians, walking in the parking spaces in front of building)

In 2016, VTA initiated a new component of its Complete Streets Program by beginning a series of corridor studies to implement Complete Streets elements along selected roadways in Santa Clara County. This planning effort is a partnership between VTA and its Member Agencies to transform select roadways into high-quality, multimodal streets that prioritize bicycle, pedestrian and transit travel while still serving motorists.

The Bascom Corridor Complete Streets Study is a joint project with the City of San Jose, City of Campbell, and the County of Santa Clara. This study evaluates 5.9 miles of Bascom Avenue from I-880 near the Bascom-Forest and Rose Garden neighborhoods in San Jose, past Valley Medical Center, the Pruneyard in Campbell, and down to the Farnham and Ponderosa neighborhoods near SR-85. The study area includes unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County along the corridor. 

The purpose of this multi-jurisdictional planning study is to identify opportunities along Bascom Avenue to demonstrate and advance Complete Streets improvements. The study will evaluate transit travel times, signal coordination, signal timing modifications, multimodal access, safety, and connectivity. VTA bus routes 61, and 62 serve the corridor, and VTA's Mountain View-Winchester light rail line and Los Gatos Creek Trail cross Bascom Avenue near Southwest Expressway.

View a map of the project corridor.


Through a collaborative effort with the general public, local, regional and state stakeholders, VTA will identify transportation improvements and develop an implementation plan for the corridor that will promote mobility and connectivity, enhance safety and security, address pedestrian and bicycle issues, support economic vitality and sustainability, and is sensitive to the environment and community values. The expected outcomes of these studies include:
  • The 10% conceptual engineering designs
  • Multimodal operating concepts 
  • Short-term and long-term improvements to assist Member Agencies and VTA to pursue funding and implement Complete Streets improvements

Project Schedule

  • December 2016 Project Kick-off
  • Spring 2017 Documentation of  Existing Conditions, Needs, Opportunities
  • June 2017 First Round of Public Forums
  • Summer-Fall 2017 Development of Design Alternatives
  • April 2018 Second Round of Public Forums
  • Summer 2018 Selection of Preferred Alternative. Third Round of Public Forums
  • Fall 2018 Final Report and Design Basis
  • December 2018 Study Wrap-up

Public Meetings

Gathering public input is critical to the success of all the planning efforts VTA undertakes. We want to hear from you. How do you use the corridor and what improvements would you like to see? Our mapping survey closed July 31, 2017. Download the online mapping survey summary.

Upcoming Community Meetings:

VTA will be presenting alternative designs at upcoming community meetings for the public to review and provide feedback directly to the project staff. The designs will be available online after scheduled community meetings. 
April 18, 2018, at 6 PM
Bascom Community Center
1000 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128
Use bus routes 61 & 62

April 19, 2018, at 6 PM
Farnham Elementary School
15711 Woodard Road, San Jose, CA 95124
Use bus routes 49 & 61 

Past Community Meetings:
June 14, 2017
Bascom Community Center
1000 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

June 15, 2017
Farnham Elementary School
15711 Woodard Road, San Jose, CA 95124

Project Funding

The Complete Streets Corridor Studies are funded through state and/or federal grants and the Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) fund.

Fact Sheets


VTA Community Outreach
Phone: (408) 321-7575
TTY Only: (408) 321-2330

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