This project will provide planning and operational analysis, conceptual
civil and architectural design, traffic analysis, systems and communication
design, and conceptual engineering documentation for the third line in the
VTA Valley Rapid Network. When completed, the Stevens Creek Bus Rapid
Transit (BRT) project will provide service at 13 stations along the 9.5-mile
corridor, traveling through San Jose, Santa Clara, and Cupertino and linking
San Jose’s Downtown Transit Mall with De Anza College in Cupertino.
The analysis will consider factors such as improvements under way to
the I-280/I-880/Stevens Creek Boulevard Interchange, and the concerns
and constraints of stakeholders including De Anza College, Valley Fair Mall,
and the three cities along the route.
CHS will provide detailed operational and traffic analyses for the entire
length of the corridor using a combination of Synchro and VISSIM simulations.
Working with VTA staff, CHS will identify potential traffic diversions and
ridership loads at each stop. CHS will use Synchro to determine optimal signal
cycle lengths, splits, and offsets for the 52 signalized intersections along
the route, and will develop a signal-timing strategy allowing enhanced Transit
Signal Priority for both rail and bus operations in the downtown San Jose area.
In the areas where the BRT is center-running, CHS will use innovative analyses
and design to minimize impacts to left-turn lanes, maintaining them wherever
possible. To foster a holistic approach to street design, CHS will rely
on “Whole Journey” and “Complete Streets” approaches to evaluate transportation
benefits and impacts.