Over the course of the two public outreach periods, (spring 2017 and spring 2018) for both Complete Street Studies, VTA received roughly 2,071 survey points of input for the Tasman Corridor Complete Streets Study. The Bascom Corridor Complete Streets Study received over 5,866 survey comments. Public meetings for both studies amounted to 358 attendees that included residents, organizations, and government entities.
Comments gathered from the public meetings and online surveys regarding the proposed corridor improvements for Bascom and Tasman are being used to inform the project team. Here are a few examples of what we heard:
“I like protected bike lanes. It is scary biking down Bascom and I would feel safer with them. I will rarely go out of their way to cross at an intersection. New mid-block crosswalks would be great, but not too many of them.”
“The westbound left turn lane situation on Tasman and Fair Oaks is awful here. The curved raised island near the center of the tracks forces traffic to squeeze together before entering the intersection. I think this should be reconfigured.”
VTA joined traditional outreach approaches with innovative online tools and creative public engagements strategies. The outreach process established relationships with core groups of dedicated citizens in our multi-jurisdictional planning study. There is now a vast group of the Santa Clara County community aware of, excited by, and engaged with the VTA Complete Street Studies.
The goal of VTA public outreach is to ensure that the community is aware of and able to easily participate with the Complete Streets Corridor Studies at all stages of the process. Through 12 public meetings and 4 public commenting opportunities through online surveys, VTA gathered and incorporated feedback from the community at every major milestone.
In mid-spring 2018, VTA conducted public forums for businesses and residents along the Bascom Avenue and Tasman Drive corridors. Participants were able to work in small groups with VTA, City staff, and consultants to make comments and suggestions, write notes on maps, respond to questions posted on boards, and provide input on what they saw as the major issues and opportunities in their community.
Through a series of interactive workshops, VTA asked community members what improvements would promote mobility and connectivity, enhance safety and security, address pedestrian and bicycle issues, support economic vitality and sustainability, and protect the environment and community values. Building on the information received in Round 2 outreach, updates and revisions of the proposed alternative design concepts will take place with VTA planners and partnering cities in summer to fall 2018.
VTA is working to refine the design alternatives for both corridors. Preferred designs concepts for Tasman and Bascom corridors will be released for public comment in fall 2018. If you would like to be notified when designs become available, we encourage you to subscribe at www.vta.org/subscribe or call (408) 321-7575, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for project updates.