Saturday, October 22, 2016

[TransportNews] VTA: Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit: 16 Stations Open, 4 To Go!

VTA is 16 stops closer to bringing bus rapid transit service to east and downtown San Jose!

The last of the new curbside stations, Ocala Station off Capital Expressway, is open for service and marks 16 of the total 20 stations completed on the Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. The 60-foot, all-blue Rapid 522 buses featuring extra bicycle capacity and free Wi-Fi are serving these stops from Arena to Ocala stations. Each station offers upgraded passenger amenities including enhanced lighting, real time signage, weather protection, station and pedestrian lighting, security cameras, and attractive art enhancements.

What's Left?

The only stations left on the project, Jackson and King located in the median of Alum Rock Avenue, are under construction through the end of this year. The shelter columns and beams have been installed. Between now and the end of the year, the windscreens, ceiling canopies, platforms, art elements, and electrical work will be completed.

Alum Rock Avenue between U.S. 101 and I-680 has been widened to provide room for the dedicated bus lanes and median stations along with new sidewalks, ADA ramps, new traffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks to enhance safety.

End Result

BRT will connect the culturally rich and vibrant business district in east San Jose to downtown’s arts, entertainment, retail, restaurant, business and residential districts, along with transit connections to light rail and eventually BART. The more frequent and faster bus service will enhance the economic vitality, cultural identity, and the pedestrian and business environment of the Alum Rock/Santa Clara corridor.

Each of the stations feature artwork inspired by local history, culture, agriculture, art and entertainment. From local dairies, orchards and the first computer hard drive developed by IBM to low rider custom cars, fairytales and popular narrative music, the new BRT stations tell a story and are now part of the fabric of these communities.
To learn more about the vibrant stories behind the art work, visit


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