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State Route 237 Express Lanes Project

State Route (SR) 237 in Santa Clara County connects I-880 and I-680 with US 101 and SR 85, providing an east and west connection between the East Bay Area and the Peninsula. SR 237 connects commuters to technology and professional service industries in Santa Clara.

In March of 2012, VTA began operation of Santa Clara County’s first express lanes on the SR 237/I-880 corridor. The express lanes along the SR 237 and I-880 corridor in Santa Clara County begin just south of Dixon Landing Road on I-880 and North First Street on SR 237. 

The SR 237 Express Lanes Project is divided into two phases:

  1. The first phase is what we have in operation today: The express lanes and interchange ramps from Dixon Landing Road to N. 1st Street. 
  2. Phase 2 will extend the 237 express lanes from N. 1st Street to Highway 101 in Sunnyvale, in both directions.

Using Express Lanes

Interested in learning more about using VTA's Express Lanes on State Route 237? Visit our Using Express Lanes, How FasTrak Works and Using Express Lanes FAQ pages.

Phase 2 Project Schedule

June 2015: Completed project approval and environmental documents
August 2017: Completed final design
January 2018: Start Construction
Fall 2019: Open express lanes for service

Pilot Project Schedule

Spring 2015: Implementation required night work with lane closures and median roadway signs. 
Spring - Fall 2015: Analysis of traffic conditions including monitoring of the facility’s mobility, operations, and safety to determine if the dashed stripe would remain permanent or the double solid white stripe buffer would be restored.
Late 2015: Completion of pilot project.
Early 2016: Announcement of pilot results and decision that dashed striping would stay.

Phase 1 Fact Sheet

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Phase 2 Fact Sheet

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Mexico Vietnamese Simplified Chinese Korea  

Project Brochure

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Pilot Project Fact Sheets

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Mexico     Vietnamese     Simplified Chinese     Korea     Philippines

SR 237 Express Lanes Brochure

English

Mexico     Vietnamese

Annual Report

SR 237 Express Lanes FY 2015 Annual Report

VTA Express Lanes Video

The California Transportation Foundation recognized the SR 237 Express Lanes as Project of the Year in May 2013. Watch the video to learn about the award:

VTA opened new express lanes along the State Route 237 and Interstate 880 corridor in March of 2012. The express lanes help provide reliable travel options to Bay Area commuters and maximize usage and capacity in these lanes during commute hours. Carpoolers and solo drivers who utilize the express lanes have experienced several changes such as new signs, road striping and traffic laws, limited entry and exit points, and hours of operation.

Express Lanes 

Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, is recognized the world over for inventing and adopting revolutionary new ideas. With the introduction of the Express Lanes, we have the opportunity to apply our legendary technological know-how to address, and overcome, the challenge of traffic congestion in our community.

 

Express Lanes SR 237 Pilot Project

Pilot Project Details

The SR 237 Pilot Project modified express lane access in the westbound direction between the Zanker Road on-ramp and North First Street off-ramp in San Jose.

The Pilot Project removed 4,100 feet of the existing double solid stripe and replaced it with dashed striping to allow eligible carpoolers from Milpitas to gain access to the carpool lane at an earlier entry point, and paying express lane users to exit at an earlier exit point. The existing SR 237 Express Lanes Phase 1 endpoint for the transition zone near Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale was maintained. 

The Pilot Project was in place for approximately six months. VTA, Caltrans and our project partners performed a comprehensive safety and operations monitoring program to assess the results of the Pilot Project. The results are in, and the dashed striping will stay.

Dashed striping in the Westbound Express Lane near the North First Street Exit

 

  • Overview
  • State Route (SR) 237 in Santa Clara County connects I-880 and I-680 with US 101 and SR 85, providing an east and west connection between the East Bay Area and the Peninsula. SR 237 connects commuters to technology and professional service industries in Santa Clara.

    In March of 2012, VTA began operation of Santa Clara County’s first express lanes on the SR 237/I-880 corridor. The express lanes along the SR 237 and I-880 corridor in Santa Clara County begin just south of Dixon Landing Road on I-880 and North First Street on SR 237. 

    The SR 237 Express Lanes Project is divided into two phases:

    1. The first phase is what we have in operation today: The express lanes and interchange ramps from Dixon Landing Road to N. 1st Street. 
    2. Phase 2 will extend the 237 express lanes from N. 1st Street to Highway 101 in Sunnyvale, in both directions.

    Using Express Lanes

    Interested in learning more about using VTA's Express Lanes on State Route 237? Visit our Using Express Lanes, How FasTrak Works and Using Express Lanes FAQ pages.

  • Schedule
  • Phase 2 Project Schedule

    June 2015: Completed project approval and environmental documents
    August 2017: Completed final design
    January 2018: Start Construction
    Fall 2019: Open express lanes for service

    Pilot Project Schedule

    Spring 2015: Implementation required night work with lane closures and median roadway signs. 
    Spring - Fall 2015: Analysis of traffic conditions including monitoring of the facility’s mobility, operations, and safety to determine if the dashed stripe would remain permanent or the double solid white stripe buffer would be restored.
    Late 2015: Completion of pilot project.
    Early 2016: Announcement of pilot results and decision that dashed striping would stay.

  • Document Library
  • Phase 1 Fact Sheet

    English

    Phase 2 Fact Sheet

    English

    Mexico Vietnamese Simplified Chinese Korea  

    Project Brochure

    English

    Mexico  

    Pilot Project Fact Sheets

    English

    Mexico     Vietnamese     Simplified Chinese     Korea     Philippines

    SR 237 Express Lanes Brochure

    English

    Mexico     Vietnamese

    Annual Report

    SR 237 Express Lanes FY 2015 Annual Report

  • Image Gallery
  • VTA Express Lanes Video

    The California Transportation Foundation recognized the SR 237 Express Lanes as Project of the Year in May 2013. Watch the video to learn about the award:

    VTA opened new express lanes along the State Route 237 and Interstate 880 corridor in March of 2012. The express lanes help provide reliable travel options to Bay Area commuters and maximize usage and capacity in these lanes during commute hours. Carpoolers and solo drivers who utilize the express lanes have experienced several changes such as new signs, road striping and traffic laws, limited entry and exit points, and hours of operation.

    Express Lanes 

    Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, is recognized the world over for inventing and adopting revolutionary new ideas. With the introduction of the Express Lanes, we have the opportunity to apply our legendary technological know-how to address, and overcome, the challenge of traffic congestion in our community.

     

  • Pilot Project
  • Express Lanes SR 237 Pilot Project

    Pilot Project Details

    The SR 237 Pilot Project modified express lane access in the westbound direction between the Zanker Road on-ramp and North First Street off-ramp in San Jose.

    The Pilot Project removed 4,100 feet of the existing double solid stripe and replaced it with dashed striping to allow eligible carpoolers from Milpitas to gain access to the carpool lane at an earlier entry point, and paying express lane users to exit at an earlier exit point. The existing SR 237 Express Lanes Phase 1 endpoint for the transition zone near Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale was maintained. 

    The Pilot Project was in place for approximately six months. VTA, Caltrans and our project partners performed a comprehensive safety and operations monitoring program to assess the results of the Pilot Project. The results are in, and the dashed striping will stay.

    Dashed striping in the Westbound Express Lane near the North First Street Exit

     

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