Who we are: The Silicon Valley Bus Rapid Transit Coalition is an alliance of organizations in Santa Clara County advocating for community-supported implementation of world-class transit along the Valley’s most popular bus routes.
What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)? BRT is a convenient, reliable, and stress-free transportation option that promotes sustainable economic development. BRT plans in Santa Clara County include:
- Modern rail-like stations with real time bus arrival information screens and ticket vending machines
- Hybrid buses with free WiFi and greater capacity to carry more people and bicycles
- Transit priority measures such as dedicated bus lanes that keep service running efficiently and on-time no matter what time of day
- Traffic safety improvements such as buffered bike lanes and more visible crosswalks that promote safe and active forms of transportation
Where is BRT being planned? The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is planning over thirty miles of BRT service along the most popular bus lines in Silicon Valley as part of a transit network that includes light rail, BART, Caltrain, and local and express bus services. BRT is planned along the Alum Rock, El Camino, and Stevens Creek corridors linking the Valley’s key population centers including Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Cupertino. The Alum Rock BRT line has already broken ground and will be the first project of its kind in the Bay Area with service starting in early 2016.
Why do we support BRT?
- Economic benefits: BRT will provide affordable and efficient access to employment, education, and other needs, and help reduce household transportation costs. BRT will also create hundreds of green jobs, including permanent transit operating jobs.
- Improved public safety and a more comfortable street for all users: Bike lanes, upgraded crosswalks, and sidewalk extensions can be incorporated in areas with dedicated bus lanes as a means to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. Increased lighting, fare inspectors, and security cameras at stations will create a greater sense of safety while waiting for the bus, and emergency vehicles will be able to access dedicated bus lanes, resulting in improved response times.
- Healthy and sustainable communities: High quality public transit combined with traffic safety improvements and pedestrian-oriented development encourage walking and biking, thereby reducing diseases stemming from obesity. As more people take public transportation, we’ll improve air quality which is especially critical for people with asthma and respiratory diseases, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and help tackle climate change.