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Alum Rock-Santa Clara Bus Rapid Transit

About the Project

The Alum Rock/Santa Clara Bus Rapid Transit Project provides just over 7 miles of limited-stop rapid transit service from the Eastridge Transit Center to the Arena Station in downtown San Jose using Capitol Expressway, Alum Rock Avenue and Santa Clara Street. The Alum Rock/Santa Clara Project is the first of three proposed lines, followed by the El Camino Real BRT and Stevens Creek BRT.

  • Special Vehicles – Hybrid, comfortable modern interiors, bike racks inside and outside the bus, and Wi-Fi on board.
  • Enhanced Stations – Attractive shelters with weather protection, live schedule displays, and passenger amenities
  • Bus Only Lane on Alum Rock – East of 34th street BRT vehicles will travel in a dedicated median bus-way, separated from traffic to improve travel time
  • Transit Signal Priority – Traffic signals stay green as the vehicle approaches the inter­section for faster travel time
  • Fast, Frequent, Reliable – BRT lines will operate during the peak times with service every 10 minutes during peak commute time

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has achieved substantial completion of construction along the corridor. VTA began running our Route 522 BRT buses in the median lane on May 2, 2017 and had ambassadors assisting passenger the first week at our new BRT stops. We now have signage to inform passengers waiting for Route 522 BRT buses to wait in median bus stops at King Rd. and Jackson Ave. VTA has been successfully working out small issues with signal timing along the corridor and will continue to remedy signal timing issues. Updated aerial photos of the corridor are on the Construction page.  

You can contact VTA community outreach at (408) 321-7575 or go to the VTA Customer Service Center in downtown San Jose 55-A West Santa Clara Street San Jose, weekdays: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and closed weekends and most holidays. ​

Project Update

Three left turns previously closed to general vehicle traffic along the Alum Rock BRT line will be restored by the San Jose Department of Transportation by August 31, 2018. Read more about the restoration of left turns along the BRT corridor. 

New BRT bus stop at King Rd and Alum Rock Ave


Service is provided at 11 new stations:

Arena 24th Story
Downtown San Jose King Ocala
City Hall Jackson Eastridge
17th Alum Rock  

Project Cost and Funding

The total cost for the Alum Rock/Santa Clara Bus Rapid Transit Project is $148 million. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) allocated $90 million from State Proposition 1B funds specifically for the BRT project. The remaining $58 million needed for the project was funded through the 2000 Measure A Transit Improvements Program.

Project Schedule

VTA Board approves Environmental Impact Report December 11, 2008
Final Design Spring 2013
Construction 2014-Early 2017
Project Completion 2017

Project Fact Sheet

English (pdf)
Spanish (pdf)
Vietnamese (pdf)
Chinese (pdf)
Portuguese (pdf)
Cambodian (pdf)

Contact Us

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


VTA Customer Service Center

55 W-Santa Clara Street 
​San Jose, CA 95113
Office Hours: Monday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Field Office Phone: (408) 464-7865
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