Saturday, March 4, 2017

[TransportNews] VTA / Alex Shoor: As One Project Finishes, Another Starts


For residents and followers of Cupertino, this comes as no surprise: new development in the Cupertino area is increasing the need for transportation improvements to keep people moving and communities thriving.

Much of the development activity involves construction of new businesses and housing, particularly in the area of Wolfe Road and Stevens Creek Boulevard. Approved developments include the Hyatt House Hotel at Vallco Park, the Hamptons apartment complex and, of course, the Apple Campus 2, slated to open this spring.

Because of this growth, VTA and other agencies are working together to deliver transportation improvements for residents and commuters.

If you have been by Wolfe Road and Interstate 280 in Cupertino lately, you’ve seen construction occurring on the off-ramps from I-280 onto Wolfe Road. This involves a widening of the off ramps. This project is a direct response to the Apple Campus 2 and is being led by the City of Cupertino and Caltrans with funding from Apple. It is slated for completion in April 2017.

As this Apple and Cupertino-led project nears completion, VTA is embarking on a second project, in partnership with the City of Cupertino and Caltrans, around I-280 and Wolfe Road. It will be a more holistic approach to address both the new Apple campus and all the other future developments coming to the area. The improvements seek to:
  • Reduce congestion
  • Increase access for pedestrians and bikes;
  • Promote transit and carpooling;
  • Support nearby businesses and residents; and
  • Deliver a cost-effective project

  • Complete final design by fall 2020
  • Begin construction by winter 2021
  • Complete construction by winter 2023


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