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VTA Starts Work on First of Three Planned Bus Rapid Ttransit Projects

The 7.2 mile-long Santa Clara-Alum Rock BRT line will connect East San Jose to downtown San Jose with 11 stations along the way.

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 San
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 San
By Bay City News
 
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority officials will launch construction Friday on what they are calling the first Bus Rapid Transit project in the Bay Area.

The 7.2 mile-long Santa Clara-Alum Rock BRT line will connect East San Jose to downtown with 11 stations along Capitol Expressway, Alum Rock Avenue and Santa Clara Street, according to VTA officials.

The BRT line will offer faster travel times, with buses running at 10 minute intervals on a dedicated lane on Alum Rock east of 34th Street.

Passengers will board at all doors and traffic signal priority will hold green lights longer for approaching buses, officials said.

"This upgraded transit service will enhance the economic viability, visual identity and the pedestrian and business environment of the corridor," said Ash Kalra, the VTA board chair and a San Jose city councilmember.

The BRT project is the first of three planned for Santa Clara County.

The ground breaking celebration will take place at the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose at 2 p.m.

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Al March 22, 2014 at 01:14 AM
What is the big deal? In the midwest it is called an EXPRESS BUS. It makes less stops. It still gets stuck in traffic, it still has to deal with Stop lights. In Silicon Valley we do not even have the systems to tell you on your smart phone where the buses or trains are at. MOST MAJOR cities have that. Imagine how little it would cost to just change the bus stop signs and let the people on the route know there is an express. If the product is good, people will come. Or is this more politicians giving money to their buddies? Millions for painted buses and new signs? Make one think....
Al March 22, 2014 at 01:19 AM
For an express bus, just found the bid for the work! 50 Million dollars!! For better bus stops? Did they even test market it? $50 Million!! Our elected officials ok'ed this. Wonder why we are out of money?

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