Eastridge to BART Regional Connector
Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project
OverviewTo 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.
Upcoming Meetings & Input Opportunities
VTA held a Community Scoping Meeting on June 14, 2018. The purpose was to inform the community of the project updates to design and the project schedule. Updates to the design and engineering require VTA staff to update the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (Draft SEIR-2). A Notice of Preparation has been prepared which fully explains the details, and VTA is proposing to focus the Draft SEIR-2 on the following topics of potential environmental effects:
- Noise and Vibration
- Environmental Justice
Provide your comments for the record by June 28, 2018
Written comments on the scope and content of the Draft SEIR-2 will be accepted by mail until June 28, 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: EBRC-CELR-Comments@vta.org
Project StatusIn June 2016 VTA Board of Directors approved funding to complete design, acquire right of way and relocate utilities. Construction is dependent on Board of Directors approval of funding/financing plan.
- 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.
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 ReportsEnglish
Visit the project library for all environmental documents.