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Eastridge to BART Regional Connector

Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project

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Notice of Availability Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report-2

Public Meeting & Input Opportunities

VTA has prepared a Notice of Availability (NOA) Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR-2). It describes design changes to the approved project and provides information on the environmental effects of those changes. The full SEIR-2 is available in the Project Library for your review and comments. There are three volumes and each volume is divided by its individual chapters. Printed copies are available for review at the locations listed below.

VTA is seeking your comments on the Draft SIER-2. Comments are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 19, 2018

Public Meeting and Open House were held October 18. Staff provided a project overview and information in their presentation about the significant impacts on the environment, along with recommendations for mitigating the impacts.  

Written comments on the Draft SEIR-2 will be accepted by mail/email until November 19, 2018. Only written comments/questions will be accepted. You can send comments/questions to VTA Environmental Programs, 3331 N. First Street, B-2, San Jose, CA  95134-1927; or email:

In addition to the Project Library, printed copies of the NOA and Draft SEIR-2 are available for review at the following locations in San Jose:

  • VTA River Oaks, Building B Lobby, 3331 North First Street
  • VTA Downtown Customer Service Center, 55-A W. Santa Clara Street
  • Reid-Hillview Airport Terminal Building Lobby, 2500 Cunningham Avenue
  • San Jose Public Library, Hillview Branch, 1600 Hopkins Drive
  • Dr. Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Branch Library, 3090 Alum Rock Avenue
  • Tully Community Branch Library, 880 Tully Road
  • Village Square Branch Library, 4001 Evergreen Village Square


To better reflect VTA’s diverse transportation services provided to the growing Santa Clara County, the Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project has been renamed Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Project-Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project. When this project is complete, VTA riders will be able to board light rail at the Eastridge Station, and connect directly with BART at the Milpitas Station!

This project will extend light rail from the existing Alum Rock Light Rail Station to the Eastridge Transit Center with elevated structures at Capitol Avenue, Story Road, and Tully Road. The Eastridge extension will include light rail stations at Story Road and at the Eastridge Transit Center.


Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Project is the last portion of the larger Capitol Expressway Transit Improvement Project that transforms Capitol Expressway into a multi-modal boulevard offering bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail transit, and safe connections to the regional transit system.

VTA first addressed pedestrian access and improved safety measures along the expressway between Quimby Road and Capitol Avenue. This was completed in Fall 2012 and included new sidewalks, street lighting, and a landscaping buffer. Next was the reconstruction of the Eastridge Transit Center which was completed in 2015.

Project Status

In June 2016 VTA Board of Directors approved funding to complete design, acquire right of way and relocate utilities. Construction is dependent on the Board of Director's approval of the funding/financing plan.

Project Schedule*

  • Environmental Updates - Complete late summer 2018
  • Final Design - Complete late summer 2019
  • Right-of Way-Acquisition - Complete fall 2019 
  • Utility Relocation - Begin early 2019 through summer 2019
  • Construction  - Begin early 2020 through fall 2023*
  • *Contingent upon funding availability

Project Cost

$453 Million for design, right of way, utilities and construction.

Contact Us

VTA Community Outreach and Project staff are available to attend your HOA, Neighborhood Association, PTA, or other organized group meetings to provide focused presentation or updates.
Phone: (408) 321-7575
TTY only: (408) 321-2330 

Fact Sheets and Environmental Reports


Visit the project library for all environmental documents.

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