VTA's Next Network
VTA's Next Network project is an analysis of how VTA can redesign its transit network and is one component of the Transit Ridership Improvement Program. The Transit Ridership Improvement Program is an agency-wide effort to make public transit faster, more frequent and more useful for Santa Clara County travelers. The Next Network project concerns VTA's transit operations and seeks to:
Better connect VTA transit with the Milpitas and Berryessa BART stations
Improve overall system ridership
Improve VTA's farebox recovery rate
Changes to the transit network as part of Next Network would go into effect with the next two-year transit service plan in July 2017.
Transit Choices Report and Network Concepts
To start the conversation about how VTA's Next Network should be designed, VTA hired Jarrett Walker and Associates, an international transit network design firm, to assess VTA's current service. That assessment, titled the Transit Choices Report, identifies several changes that VTA may choose to make in order to increase ridership, improve its farebox recovery rate, be more useful to riders and lower barriers to using transit.
The report also starts a conversation about the purpose of public transit--whether it is to maximize ridership or maximize access to transit service. How VTA chooses to balance those competing goals will determine the design of VTA's next transit network. Jarrett Walker and Associates worked with VTA to develop three network design concepts that show how the network could be designed depending on how VTA balances the ridership and coverage goals.
Click the image below to take the Transit Choice Survey.
Headways Blog Series
We're talking about network design through the Headways Blog throughout the summer.
Blog: VTA's Next Network Project
Blog: The Ridership Recipe
Blog: The Purpose of Public Transit
Blog: VTA's Next Network Concepts
Blog: Next Network Presentation and Public Meetings
Next Network Project Schedule
Throughout the summer of 2016, VTA will seek community input on the three network design concepts as well as transit network design priorities. We will analyze community input in the fall of Fall 2016 and a develop a draft network design that will be released in early 2017 for public review. A second round of outreach will refine the draft network concept prior to consideration by VTA’s Board of Directors in April of 2017.