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About the Project

The Santa Clara/Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit Project will provide 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 Santa Clara/Alum Rock Project is the first of three lines, followed by the El Camino Real BRT and Stevens Creek BRT.

Santa Clara Alum Rock Corridor

The Santa Clara/Alum Rock Rapid Transit service will include the following features:
  • Special Vehicles – Equipped with green technology and comfortable, modern interiors
  • Enhanced Stations – Attractive shelters, passenger amenities and advanced features
  • Dedicated 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
  • High-Tech Communications – ‘Up-to-the-minute’ information through electronic message signs at stations and wireless capabilities
  • Rapid Boarding – Ticket machines and all-door boarding means faster stops
  • Fast, Frequent, Reliable – BRT lines will operate during the peak times with service every 10 minutes

Service would be 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 Santa Clara/Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit Project is $114 million. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) allocated $90 million from State Proposition 1B funds specifically for the BRT project. The remaining $24 million needed for the project will be 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 Spring/Summer 2014-Fall 2015
Project Completion Fall 2015

Fact Sheet

For more information on the Santa Clara/Alum Rock BRT Project or existing bus and light rail transit services, call VTA Community Outreach at (408) 321-7575, TTY only (408) 321-2330 or email

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