Branham Station Transit-Oriented Development

The Branham Transit Center is a 3-acre property located at Branham Lane and Narvaez Avenue in San Jose, California. This property currently serves as a Park & Ride Lot for VTA light rail passengers.

This land has the potential for mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).  Projects that are transit-oriented allow people to live and work near public transportation, which helps clear the air, ease traffic, and adds infrastructure investments to the community.  

VTA's Transit-Oriented Development Program works with municipal, non-profit, and private partners to encourage the development...

The Branham Transit Center is a 3-acre property located at Branham Lane and Narvaez Avenue in San Jose, California. This property currently serves as a Park & Ride Lot for VTA light rail passengers.

This land has the potential for mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).  Projects that are transit-oriented allow people to live and work near public transportation, which helps clear the air, ease traffic, and adds infrastructure investments to the community.  

VTA's Transit-Oriented Development Program works with municipal, non-profit, and private partners to encourage the development of housing, retail, and employment centers in places that will help increase transit ridership and contribute to a vibrant community. 

In January 2023, VTA’s Board of Directors approved a time-limited collaboration with nonprofit developer, Charities Housing, for pre-development background research towards a feasible affordable homeownership development concept.

VTA has partnered with the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing. The Office of Supportive Housing administers the 2016 Measure A Affordable Housing Bond.  The partnership encourages the development of affordable housing at this location. 

Station Access Study

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) initiated a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Station Access Study to analyze multi-modal station access and circulation at the Capitol and Branham Light Rail Stations. The analysis will be conducted in coordination with a proposed residential mixed-use joint development project located at Capitol Expressway and Narvaez Avenue on a portion of the Capitol Station park-and-ride lot and future residential project at Branham Station.   The Station Access Study will evaluate existing conditions and future needs at the Capitol and Branham Stations in consideration of the station’s future plans for development and projected ridership. The Study will propose recommendations to improve accessibility to the two project stations, which may include improvements to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, wayfinding and signage, and transit rider amenities.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

We want to improve the rider experience for customers who utilize the Capitol and Branham Station, and we need your help.

Pop-up events and a new survey seeks to better understand how people use the Stations, and what changes they wish to see in the future. We want to hear from you!

How do you use VTA’s Capitol and Branham Stations? Do you walk, ride your bike, park your car and take transit? What improvements would enhance your ability to get to and from the stations?

Provide your input by attending one of the following station pop-up events:

  1. Capitol Light Rail Station, January 26, 2023, 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  2. Pearl Avenue Branch Library, January 26, 2023, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  3. Westfield Oakridge Farmers' Market, January 29, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Short on time? Take our online survey! The survey will remain open until February 28, 2023. We look forward to your participation!

SOME BACKGROUND 

Last fall, VTA held a community meeting providing an update on the Capitol Station Transit-Oriented Development Project. An element of the project is the Capitol-Branham Station Access Study.  During the community meeting we received feedback regarding traffic and safety concerns, and station accessibility. 

FURTHER DIALOGUE 

We want to make sure we reach as many people as possible that use and/or live nearby the Capitol Station and Branham Station. Your participation in the pop-ups and/or survey will help us understand what will improve how you get around, or make the area feel safe and accessible.  Your input will also help us prioritize proposed recommendations and projects to improve station access. 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

On September 22, 2021, VTA held an online community meeting to share information about a proposed project that could provide additional affordable housing in the area that may include homeownership opportunities.  Did you miss it?  You can download the presentation and watch the recorded meeting via YouTube.

VTA staff are available to speak with you or present this information at your neighborhood meeting. Please contact us at (408) 321-7575 or email community.outreach@vta.org and we will coordinate this with you.

Previous Meetings

On April 28, 2021, VTA held an online community meeting to share information about a proposed project that could provide additional affordable housing in the area that may include homeownership opportunities.  You can download the presentation and watch the recorded meeting via YouTube.

DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Learn more about VTA's Portfolio of TOD Opportunities.

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