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VTA's Next Network

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VTA's Next Network project is a redesign of the 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:

  1. Better connect VTA transit with the Milpitas and Berryessa BART stations

  2. Increase overall system ridership

  3. Improve VTA's farebox recovery rate

Changes to the transit network as part of Next Network implementation will go into effect with the next two-year transit service plan in the fall of 2017.

Transit Choices Report and Network Concepts

In 2016, 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, identified options for VTA's strategy for increasing ridership, improving the farebox recovery rate, making our service more useful to riders and lowering barriers to using transit.

The report also addressed the purpose of public transit--whether it is to maximize ridership or maximize access to transit service. 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. VTA evaluated how best to balance those competing goals which will be reflected in the design of VTA's next transit network.

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Next Network Project Schedule

Throughout the summer of 2016, VTA sought community input on the three network design concepts as well as transit network design priorities. We analyzed community input in the fall of Fall 2016 and developed a draft network design that was released in January 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. Below is a list of our upcoming public meetings and webinars.

Public Meetings:

Downtown San Jose

Wednesday, January 11 at 6pm San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce 101 W Santa Clara St San Jose, CA 95113
Click here to view the livestream of the meeting.

Thursday, January 12 at 6pm Milpitas Public Library 160 N Main St Milpitas, CA 95035

Wednesday, January 18 at 6pm Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino Room 10185 N Stelling Rd Cupertino, CA 95014

Palo Alto
Thursday, January 19 at 6pm Palo Alto City Hall, Council Chambers 250 Hamilton Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301

Monday, January 23 at 6pm Campbell Library, Community Room 77 Harrison Ave Campbell, CA 95008

Mountain View
Monday, February 6 at 6 pm Adobe Building 157 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

East San Jose 
Monday, February 13 at 6pm Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch Library 3090 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, CA 95127

Wednesday, February 15 at 6pm Gilroy Library 350 W Sixth St Gilroy, CA 95020

South San Jose
Thursday, February 16 at 6pm Southside Community and Senior Center 5585 Cottle Rd San Jose, CA 95123

January 17, 2017 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
(focuses on South County)
Watch the webinar.

January 24, 2017 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
(focuses on South San Jose)
Watch the webinar.

January 26, 2017 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
(focuses on Sunnyvale and the West Valley)
Watch the webinar.​

February 7, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
(focuses on Palo Alto)​
Watch the webinar.​

February 15, 2017 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
(focuses on Milpitas)
Watch the webinar.

Headways Blog Series

We've talked about network design through the Headways Blog

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 Fact Sheets

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