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March 11, 2014 > VTA launches in-depth analyses to improve transit system

VTA launches in-depth analyses to improve transit system

Submitted By Colleen Valles

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is embarking on two studies that will examine the ways the Authority can improve service and connections in Silicon Valley.

The first study, the BART Transit Integration Plan, will focus on how VTAÕs BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension will integrate with VTAÕs bus and light rail network. The study will focus on routes the new Berryessa and Milpitas BART stations will connect with, as well as consider refinements to existing routes that could also serve the stations and possible new routes.

ÒAs VTA builds the extension of BART to Silicon Valley, we must prepare our own system to meet this important regional connection,Ó said Mike Hursh, VTA Chief Operations Officer. ÒWe want to be sure that connections between VTA and BART move people quickly, efficiently and get them to where they want to go.Ó

VTA will also launch the Peninsula Crosstown Connectivity Study, which will examine the crosstown bus service connecting to proposed Bus Rapid Transit service on El Camino Real. This study, in response to requests by cities along the El Camino Real corridor, will evaluate the current range of transit services in the developing employment areas in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Cupertino; will result in recommended improvements to route structure and service levels, and will have VTA staff working collaboratively with stakeholders to determine the best changes for the area.

ÒThe VTA Board of Directors has authorized funding for this study, and itÕs very timely,Ó said John Ristow, VTA Chief Congestion Management Agency Officer. ÒDevelopment is booming in this area, and we want to be able to provide the most relevant, efficient service that we can. ThatÕs what this study, along with help from our stakeholders, aims to identify.Ó

For more information, contact (408) 321-2300; TTY (408) 321-2330.You can also log onto www.vta.org and sign-up to receive VTA email updates.

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