What Bus Rapid Transit along Stevens Creek Corridor in San Jose would look like

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The Stevens Creek corridor Bus Rapid Transit project (523) will travel between east San Jose and downtown San Jose to De Anza College in Cupertino along San Carlos Street and Stevens Creek Boulevard. The 523 will bring rapid transit service to an area that is only served by local bus service but carries one out of every ten bus riders in Santa Clara County.

The Stevens Creek Rapid will serve important destinations such as Valley Fair and Cupertino Square malls, Santana Row, and the City of Cupertino’s government offices.

Rapid Transit service on Stevens Creek Blvd and San Carlos St will occur in three phases. VTA plans to introduce the 323 limited stop bus in October 2012, followed by the first phase of BRT in 2014 which will likely contain a combination of limited stop service, headway based schedules, and signal priority. The final phase of the BRT project will include transit stations with ample shelter and seating, real time bus arrival information, level-boarding platforms, ticket vending machines, and other amenities, plus bus only lanes and pedestrian improvements.

Construction of the Stevens Creek Rapid is expected to be completed in 2017. The majority of the funding for the project is expected to come from Santa Clara County’s Measure A sales tax and Prop 1B state funds.

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