Great news! The VTA Board of Directors has approved a grant of $4.14 million dollars for the environmental, planning and design work needed to advance our project! Congratulations and thanks to Yves Zsutty and San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services for their fine work on the grant application and to the VTA Board of Directors, especially Raul Peralez, Sam Liccardo and Cindy Chavez, for helping get the grant over the finish line. By the way, one criterion for approval of the grant was community engagement–that’s YOU!
VTA BART Phase II is proposing a mix of both single bore and twin bore technologies. Read the announcement.
On November 7, the Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted to name the future subway BART station behind the hundred-year-old Five Wounds Portuguese National Church — 28th Street / Little Portugal. The vote was the culmination of years of discussions with VTA, including a 2016 community survey demonstrating overwhelming support for “Little Portugal” to be included in the station name. The November 21 BART Board of Directors vote will be necessary for final approval.Continue reading →
VTA has released three draft Playbooks to help encourage the development of Transit Oriented Communities. These recommendations are meant to help the future Santa Clara, Downtown San José and 28th Street Stations reach their full potential as thriving, vibrant Transit Oriented Communities. VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension through Downtown San José and Santa Clara is an opportunity to sustainably organize growth around BART. High demand for housing of all types, a strong job market, and new transit options provide the essential ingredients for … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 →