Support BRT and bike lanes along El Camino Real


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a set of innovative bus system enhancements that can provide high quality rapid transit service similar to light rail, but at a fraction of the cost. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is proposing to introduce over 30 miles of BRT service along Silicon Valley's busiest bus corridors, including El Camino Real. Thanks to dedicated bus lanes, traffic-signal priority, and rapid all-door boarding BRT on El Camino Real can cut transit travel times by half and maintain reliability even in the coming decades when traffic congestion is projected to increase. As part of the transit improvement project, VTA can integrate colored bike lanes, similar to what’s planned on Stevens Creek Boulevard, at no cost to cities, and the agency is considering high-tech transit vehicles with on-board bicycle storage. The Santa Clara City Council voted last week to endorse the Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) plan for BRT along El Camino Real, and over the next few months other city councils along the 17-mile future grand boulevard will vote on whether to give VTA the green light.

The next City to vote on whether or not to move forward with VTA’s proposal is Sunnyvale. If you live, work, or shop along El Camino Real, make sure to express your opinion at the following meetings:

  • Sunnyvale Cool General Meeting: Councilmember Chris Moylan talks Bus Rapid Transit
  • When: 5/2/12, 7-8:30pm
  • Where: Sunnyvale Toyota, Second Floor Classroom, 898 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale CA
  • Sunnyvale City Council Study Session on BRT
    • When: 5/8/12, 6pm
    • Where: Sunnyvale City Hall, West Conference Room, 456 W. Olive Ave
  • Sunnyvale City Council Meeting – Council vote on BRT
    • When: 5/22/12, 7pm
    • Where: Sunnyvale City Hall, West Conference Room, 456 W. Olive Ave

    Whether or not you can attend the following meetings, make sure to email your elected representatives and “like” the Silicon Valley BRT Facebook page.

    For more information or to get involved, contact TransForm’s Silicon Valley Community Planner.

    1 Comment

    1. What is SVBC’s position for El Camino Real from Millbrae to Daly City? Burlingame is restricted to two lanes in each direction with no center median, due to existing eucalyptus trees located between sidewalks and street. So bike lanes in Burlingame will be planned on California Drive, which extends to the Millbrae BART/Caltrain Station, and then turns towards El Camino Real.

      San Bruno’s Transit Corridor Plan (TCP) on page 197 reads “Based on the Grand Boulevard Initiative and City / County Association of Governments (C/CAG) policies to maintain all travel lanes on El Camino Real for potential future BRT lines, there are no current opportunities to provide bicycle lanes on El Camino Real.” (This statement was found to be not accurate as no promise between cities and C/CAG were made) They chose the EITHER/OR route. However, El Camino Real is roughly 90′ wide, containing six auto lanes, two parking shoulders, and one center media, each equal to one auto lane.


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