VTA has been engaging community members and conducting research to develop a vision for transit and transportation. VTA’s research shows how the amount of service it provides has fallen well below the growth in county population, and how the agency provides dramatically less service than most similar agencies in the US.
The research reinforces the feedback VTA has been getting from community members who prioritize adding service, including frequency, weekend service, and extended service.
VTA riders are also asking for better transfers, including better transfers to regional service such as Caltrain and BART. The transfer improvements fit nicely with regional plans for free and reduced price transfers starting in 2024, and with the Connected Network Planning that MTC will be conducting with transit agencies starting this year.
Information about costs and timeline for implementing bus and rail improvements will be brought to VTA’s Safety Security and Transit Planning and Operations Committee this Spring and to the board in Summer/Fall.
Valley Transportation Plan 2050
The transit plan is a part of a broader transportation plan for all modes for the coming 25 years. For that plan, VTA is conducting a survey about transportation priorities.
The survey asks people their budget preferences, including highway projects with a goal of alleviating congestion, electric vehicle charging, transit service improvements, and improvements to infrastructure for people bicycling and walking.
If you travel in Santa Clara County, you can fill out the survey through Sunday, April 30.
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Based on the material from the Visionary Transit Network and the VTP 2050 feedback, a draft list of projects will be brought to VTA’s committee in the Spring, with the plan expected to be adopted by the board in the Fall.
Really great to see VTA serious about increasing transit service. 10 minute headways on the main routes would be a big deal.