The Stevens Creek Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project would provide a rapid transit service for 8.6 miles from DeAnza College to the Transit Mall in downtown San Jose using San Carlos Avenue and Stevens Creek Boulevard. The Stevens Creek project would add a BRT service (BRT 523) in addition to the local (Line 23), which would provide fast, frequent service, with limited stops, and enhanced amenities for passengers. You can read more about the Stevens Creek Project in the 2009 BRT Strategic Plan.
Due to increased demand on Line 23, in October 2012 VTA will introduce a Limited 323 service that will provide faster and more direct service between De Anza College and downtown San Jose by supplementing Line 23. The Limited 323 service will operate weekdays and is a first step towards building an effective Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on Stevens Creek.
The Stevens Creek BRT service would include the following features:
- Special Vehicles – Equipped with green technology and comfortable, modern interiors.
- Enhanced Stations – Offering attractive shelters, passenger amenities and advanced features.
- Dedicated Lanes – The BRT vehicles would travel in a dedicated median busway where adopted, separated from traffic to improve travel time.
- Transit Signal Priority – Traffic signals stay green as the vehicle approaches the intersection for faster travel time.
- High-Tech Communications – ‘Up-to-the-minute’ information through electronic message signs at stations and featuring wireless capabilities.
- Rapid Boarding – Ticket machines and all-door boarding means faster stops.
- Fast, Frequent, Reliable –BRT operating headways of 10 and 15 minutes are anticipated
Service would be provided at 13 stations:
- DeAnza College
- Lawrence Expressway
- San Tomas Expressway
- Valley Fair/Santana Row
- Convention Center
- Transit Mall
|Preliminary Planning||May 2012 – May 2014|
|Final Design||May 2014-September 2015|
|Construction||October 2015- October 2017|
|First Day of Service||November 2017|
Project Cost and Funding
The 2009 VTA BRT Strategic Plan estimated the cost for the Stevens Creek BRT project to be $145 million (2008 dollars), with $5.0 million secured thus far through the Measure A Transit Improvement Program. When conceptual engineering begins in April 2012 both costs and funding opportunities will be evaluated further.