Good Transit Oriented Development (TOD) goes beyond just developing housing, office, and retail adjacent to transit. Good TOD integrates development into the fabric of a community to create a walkable, lively, mixed-use development that is centered around frequent and reliable transit. The increased transit ridership that results from Good TODs provides benefits to the community such as improved access to jobs and economic opportunities, increased sustainability, reduced dependence on automobiles and decreased greenhouse gas emissions.
In general, there are four major elements of Good TOD:
Placemaking – supports a diverse community, establishes an engaging and vibrant public space, and promotes a compact and walkable urban environment;
Mobility – ensures that transit is plentiful and easy to access by multiple transportation modes, such as bikes, privately owned cars, and shared mobility services;
Economic value – builds upon transit investment to support local business, provide affordable housing and create jobs; and
User experience – when the first three elements are done well, people that work, live and play with within a TOD experience a clear sense of community and local identity.
For the future Alum Rock/28th Street BART station, which is located within the Little Portugal neighborhood of San Jose, implementing the four major elements of Good TOD will help ensure the community’s rich history is integrated into the new station area. This history includes the Five Wounds Portuguese National Church that has been the heart and soul of the Little Portugal neighborhood since the early 1900s. Good TOD would incorporate architecture that mirrors that of the Church, as well as public art that depicts the rich history of the community. Good TOD would also include a public plaza where community events and celebrations can be held, as well as wayfinding that both provides the necessary directional information and also educates visitors about the community’s history.
How Can You Participate in Good TOD?
As part of our investment in VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project, VTA is completing the Transit-Oriented Development Corridor Strategies and Access Planning Study (TOD/Access Study) to help the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara realize their visions for TOD. The TOD/Access Study, builds on each community’s vision and will identify strategies and recommendations to enable walkable, lively BART station centered communities that include a range of uses, housing, and incomes.
Interested in learning more about the TOD/Access Study and TOD?
Join us for a series of TOD Workshops occurring April 16th through April 18th beginning at 5:45 PM. During these workshops, VTA will be previewing the Study’s proposed TOD strategies and recommendations to solicit community feedback. For additional details on the TOD Workshops, see Upcoming Meetings (http://www.vta.org/bart/upcomingmeetings), Phase II TOD/Access Study Workshops. For more information on the TOD/Access Study, visit our website: http://www.vta.org/bart/tod-access-study
Today, the San José City Council unanimously passed the name “28th Street/Little Portugal” for the future BART subway station behind Five Wounds Church. Special thanks to Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers Peralez and Carrasco for their support for the name and for their support of our community over the years. The VTA and BART Boards are also expected to vote on the name in the coming months. …Continue reading →
City Council to Vote on BART Station Name Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in San José, the city council will be voting on whether it wants to name the future BART subway station behind Five Wounds Church “28th Street/Little Portugal”. If you too think that this is an important recognition of the Portuguese community’s history and contributions in East San José for more than 100 years, please attend the City …Continue reading →
What’s happening? In preparation for the construction of the six-mile Phase II Extension, VTA needs to know more about the soil and the location for utilities in the path of the future project. This information helps us advance the design and engineering of the BART tunnel, station, and other facilities and avoid project delays once construction begins. These field investigations started in late September and will continue through the middle of 2019. The subsurface exploration, utility investigations, and geotechnical borings …Continue reading →
Yes, it’s possible! At the urging of Senator Jim Beall, the City of San José has applied for a $34 million California Transportation Commission Grant to complete a significant portion of the Five Wounds Trail from Story Road to Whitton Avenue, including environmental remediation and restoration and design of the trail all the way to the Berryessa BART Station. Grant awards will be announced in late spring 2019. And if we don’t make it this time, we’re confident that Senator …Continue reading →
VTA has prepared a Draft Relocation Plan to assist residential and non-residential property owners and occupants that may be impacted by any property acquisition in order to construct VTA’s BART Phase II Extension. Outreach to property owners began in June to incorporate their feedback into the draft plan. Now, the public will have an opportunity to comment over a 30 day period starting today, August 17. Four public forums are being held to present the Draft Relocation Plan and receive …Continue reading →
The Urban Village Implementation Framework (download here) was released by the City in May 2018. It describes the calculations available for determining the amount of Urban Village Amenity (UVA) required and the process for selecting the UVAs. The amount and type of UVAs required of a residential mixed-use project would be a condition of approval in the project’s development permit that would need to be acknowledged and agreed to by the permittee. The type of amenities that could be provided …Continue reading →
VTA recently announced the start of a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy / Access Planning Study to identify strategies for developing housing and commercial space near three of the future BART stations (28th Street, Downtown San Jose, and Santa Clara). These studies are being conducted as part of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project. The meetings will be coordinated with the existing BART Phase II Community Working Groups for each of those stations. The themes for the three Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) workshops …Continue reading →
We are approaching the final weeks of the BART Phase II approval process. In the coming weeks, decisions will be made on STATION LOCATIONS and TUNNEL TECHNOLOGY for the following District 3 relevant BART Stations: Alum Rock/28th Street Downtown San Jose Diridon Station Councilmember Raul Peralez in his capacity as the District 3 representative and a VTA Director is committed to ensuring that all District 3 residents and stakeholders have an opportunity to share their voice at these public hearings. If you …Continue reading →
Last night (April 11) the city council deliberated on the proposed implementation Chapters on funding Amenities for the Little Portugal and Roosevelt Park urban villages. These chapters supplement the village plans with procedures for funding amenities, including parks, trails, streetscape improvements, public art and affordable housing. Without this we would just get higher density development and none of the things that actually pull together a community and make it a village. The mayor and four council colleagues, including Raul Peralez …Continue reading →