Published on July 23, 2014
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority North East County Open House Santa Clara City Hall Council Chambers July 21, 2014
El Camino Bus Rapid Transit Project
El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project Would upgrade the current 522 Rapid Bus to BRT status by making changes to El Camino Real and The Alameda that make transit FAST, FREQUENT AND RELIABLE and make WALKING and BICYCLING along the corridor SAFER.
El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project Making Stops Faster BRT stations would function like light rail stations, allowing passengers to purchase fares or tap Clipper Cards at stations and board through all three doors. Increasing Transit Travel Speeds In some parts of the corridor, a general use lane could be converted into a bus-only lane, allowing the BRT to bypass traffic. Transit signal priority would allow an approaching BRT bus to hold a green light.
El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project Making Bicycling and Walking Safer El Camino Real is designed for cars and can be a scary and dangerous place to bicycle or walk. Many bicycle and pedestrian collisions occur each year and some are fatal. In parts of the corridor with bus-only lanes, bicycle lanes could be installed (if the city approves). Crossing distances would be shortened and new intersections, signals and crosswalks can be added to make El Camino Real less of a barrier between neighborhoods. Median BRT stations would act as pedestrian refuges.
Mixed Flow Configuration Two Possible Ways to Implement BRT
Dedicated Lane Configuration Two Possible Ways to Implement BRT
How Bus-Only Lanes Work – Dedicated Lanes In some parts of the corridor, the bus-only lane would be in the center of the street, adjacent to the median. BRT stations would be in the middle of the street. The eastbound and westbound stations would be on opposite sides of the intersection. Bus-Only Lanes WB BRT Station El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project
How Bulbout Stations Work - Mixed Flow In parts of the corridor with bulbout stations, the curb would be extended out to the travel lane. The BRT would stop in the travel lane while passengers board—approximately a 20-second duration. BRT stops in lane Bulbout BRT Station El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project
Project Alternatives and Environmental Analysis Seven project alternatives—ranging from doing nothing to building 14 miles of bus-only lanes—are currently being studied by VTA. A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which analyzes the impact that the project will have across 17 categories will be released in late Summer, 2014. VTA’s Board of Directors will choose a locally preferred alternative after the public comment period for the DEIR. El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project
Public Outreach and City Coordination 2010 to present Monthly meetings with city staff Summer, 2011 City Council, committee presentations Fall, 2011 Open House community meetings Spring , 2012 City Council, committee presentations Fall, 2012 VTA Board of Directors workshop, mtg. February, 2013 Environmental Scoping meetings El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project
Silicon Valley Express Lanes
What are Express Lanes? • Express Lanes are converted carpool lanes that offer solo drivers the opportunity to use carpool lanes for a fee. 13
Why are Express Lanes being developed? • To provide congestion relief through more effective use of HOV lane capacity • To provide commuters with a new mobility option • To better manage lanes to keep traffic moving and provide more reliable travel times 14
Who can use Express Lanes? • SOLO DRIVERS: Can use Express Lanes for a fee when there is available capacity. • CARPOOL USERS: Eligible vehicles with two or more people per car, exempt clean air vehicles, transit buses, and motorcycles travel in Express Lanes FREE of charge. 15
Why drivers use Express Lanes • Drivers choose to use Express Lanes for a variety of reasons at different times, but the most reported reasons are: • Time Savings • Ease of Commute • Convenience 16
FasTrak ® 17 NO TOLL BOOTHS FEES AUTOMATICALLY DEDUCTED FROM ACCOUNT FASTRAK TRANSPONDER ATTACHES TO WINDSHIELD
How Much Do Solo Drivers Pay? • Range of cost on SR 237 has been between $0.30 and $4.75, with an average toll less than $2.00 • Pricing changes as the number of cars increases or decreases to ensure a free flow of traffic • When more cars are on the roadway, the price to enter the Express Lanes is higher. When there are fewer cars on the road, the price is lower 18
Digital Signage and Pricing 19
How Do I Pay? • Step 1: Visit bayareafastrak.org to learn about FasTrak® • Step 2: Purchase a toll tag through FasTrak® or at retail locations • Step 3: Register your new toll tag immediately to a new or existing FasTrak® account online or by phone at (877) 229-8655. • Step 4: After you have completed the registration process, mount toll tag in your vehicle and begin enjoying the benefits of FasTrak®. 20
How Are Toll Revenues Used? • Expenses for operations, maintenance, and enforcement of Express Lanes are the first use of toll revenues. • Any remaining revenues are to be used within the corridor for transportation improvements including transit 21
Where /When Can I Use Express Lanes? Express Lanes are proposed on the following routes: • SR 237 Express Lanes • Phase 1 (in operation March 2012) • Phase 2 (2016 pending funding) • SR 85 Express Lanes - 2017 pending funding • US 101 Express Lanes - 2017 pending funding • Express Lanes will operate at the same times as existing HOV lanes. 22
SR 237 Express Lanes Data • Up to 10,000 solo drivers use the SR 237 Express Lanes each week • Solo drivers have saved up to 20 minutes • Drivers in the general purpose lanes are saving up to seven (7) minutes 24
SR 237 Express Lanes – Phase 2 • Project Description • Single-lane Express Lane (convert HOV lane from existing Phase 1 terminus to approximately Mathilda Ave.) • Project length: 4 miles • Environmental Clearance • Fall 2014 • Project Opening • Targeting 2016, funding dependent 25
SR 85 Express Lanes • Project Description • Single-lane Express Lane (convert HOV lane from US 101 interchange in San Jose to US 101 interchange in Mountain View) • Double-lane Express Lanes (add another lane in each direction between the SR 87 and I-280 interchanges) • Project length: 27 miles • Environmental Clearance • Circulation December 2013 • Approval Early 2015 • Project Opening • Targeting 2017, funding dependent 27
US 101 Express Lanes • Project Description • Single-lane Express Lane (convert HOV lane from Cochrane Rd. in Morgan Hill to SR 85 interchange in Mountain View) • Double-lane Express Lanes (add a new lane between Dunne Ave. and SR 85 interchange in San Jose, between Blossom Hill Road and Mathilda Dr. in Sunnyvale; and convert double-lane HOV lanes from SR85 interchange in Mtn View to the county line in Palo Alto) • Project length: 36 miles • Environmental Clearance • Early 2015 • Project Opening • Targeting 2017, funding dependent 29
North Central County Bus Improvement Plan
NORTH CENTRAL COUNTY BUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN PURPOSE The planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) services on El Camino Real and Stevens Creek may change travel demand on local bus routes that cross these corridors. Additionally, the cities in this area (Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Cupertino) are intensifying land uses in areas that are not easily accessible by BRT so it may be necessary to make changes to local bus service to meet a changing rider demand. The Plan will make recommendations that will flow into VTA’s scheduled service adjustment process. GOALS Improve connectivity of local routes with the BRT routes Explore whether new service types or new routes are needed Improve overall transit service in the study area while being cost effective Collect input from the communities in the study area
NORTH CENTRAL COUNTY BUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN STUDY AREA
NORTH CENTRAL COUNTY BUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN SCHEDULE 2014 April Existing Conditions Analysis May Development of Draft Recommendations June Review Draft Recommendations with City Staff July Community and City Council Meetings August Final Recommendations released 2015 VTA’s Biennial Service Changes 2018 Service Changes relating to opening of BRT routes
Rider Surveys New Bus Stop Designs Easy To Work With TRANSIT PASSENGER ENVIRONMENT PLAN Prioritizing Improvements Stop Percentiles RidershipPercentages Most of VTA’s bus riders come from a small percentage of stops. 21% of bus riders come from the top 1% of bus stops. 50% of bus riders come from 5% of bus stops. That tells us we need to prioritize improvements to high-ridership stops to ensure the maximum rider benefit per dollar spent.
Prioritizing Improvements New Bus Stop Designs Easy To Work With TRANSIT PASSENGER ENVIRONMENT PLAN Rider Surveys In the past, decisions about how to improve bus stops were made with good intentions, but not with data regarding which bus stop amenities riders value most. VTA surveyed riders in the summer of 2013 and found that transit information is the most desired amenity, followed by shelter and seating. This information will inform which types of improvements are installed.
Prioritizing Improvements Easy To Work With TRANSIT PASSENGER ENVIRONMENT PLAN Rider Surveys New Bus Stop Designs Many of VTA’s boxy, blue shelters are approaching the end of their 20-year lifetime. They will need to be replaced in the coming decade so we’re looking at new, more functional, more aesthetically pleasing shelter designs.
Prioritizing Improvements TRANSIT PASSENGER ENVIRONMENT PLAN Rider Surveys New Bus Stop Designs Easy To Work With In the past, VTA’s thinking about bus stop design has been somewhat rigid and it hasn’t been easy for cities, developers and the public to know how to work with VTA. The Transit Passenger Environment Plan explains all of VTA’s policies about bus stops and makes it easy to work with us.
Light Rail Efficiency Project Tasman Drive Pocket Track
Project Description • Constructs approximately 1,000 foot long storage track on Tasman Drive between Old Ironsides Drive and Patrick Henry Drive. • Capable of storing three 3-car trains. • Enables flexibility for VTA service to support Levi’s Stadium events in 2014 and BART connection in 2017. • Construction Budget: Approximately $14M. • Construction Start: February 2014. • Construction End: December 2014.
Santa Clara Stadium Site 42Source: 49ers Stadium EIR, 2009/ AECOM, 2012
Light Rail Efficiency Project Tasman Drive Pocket Track CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS
BART Transit Integration Plan
BART Transit Integration Plan (BTIP) • About connections to BART – but also chance to take fresh look at service network • Primarily focused on service and related capital improvements (e.g., stops) • Will address relationship of Great Mall/Main Transit Center to Milpitas BART Station • Fremont Express services to be addressed in advance of others due to Warm Springs opening earlier • Completion by mid-2015 (Warm Springs recommendation earlier) 48
VTA Planning for BART • BART Transit Integration Plan (BTIP) – service planning for all BART connections and related service • Fares and transfer policies – separate analyses 49 • Warm Springs/South Fremont station opening 2015, Milpitas & Berryessa 2017 • Berryessa Connector Study (completed 2013) recommended new trunk services between Berryessa and Downtown San Jose Berryessa Connectors: • 323 Stevens Creek every 10 min • Downtown Limited Stop every 15 min
Service Included in Study • Light rail service • Santa Clara/Alum Rock Rapid & Berryessa Connector corridor (not incl. 22) • Milpitas/Berryessa Local • Milpitas/Berryessa Express & Limited Stop • Fremont Express 50
Fremont Express Services: Initial Findings • Key question: Move to new stations, eliminate, or keep some? • Consider ~500 boardings per day at non-BART stops in Fremont, higher ridership on 181 51
BTIP Timeline 52 • Summer • Fremont data collection • First round of public participation • Fall • Alternatives development (Fremont first, followed by rest of study area) • Winter/Early Spring • Alternatives Assessment – return for your input
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