In 2019, the cities of Cupertino, Santa Clara, San José, and Santa Clara County all adopted resolutions in support of a VTA-led joint study of the Stevens Creek Corridor, formalizing interest in creating a common vision for high capacity transit along the Stevens Creek Corridor that will improve mobility and its interrelationship with walking, biking, placemaking, and enhancing the quality of life for all of our community members in a seamless manner. A steering committee of elected officials from the participating jurisdictions has formed to provide a forum for their elected representatives to meet, discuss and provide direction on a common vision for the Stevens Creek Corridor. The Committee shall meet on as-needed basis.
Agendas & Minutes
July 20, 2020 Agenda and Packet
July 20, 2020 Presentation
July 20, 2020 Draft Minutes
The Stevens Creek Corridor, beginning along West San Carlos Street near Diridon Station and extending to the west to Highway 85, is a major spine that connects regional job centers focusing on health, education, and tech to housing and commercial areas. Prominent sites along the corridor include De Anza College, Main Street Cupertino, the currently-under-development Vallco mixed-use mall, Apple headquarters, Agilent Technologies headquarters, five San José Urban Villages – one of which includes the Santana Row/Valley Fair shopping district, new West San Jose Innovation Zone and a “Future Focus Area” in the City of Santa Clara.
This corridor is also seeing high levels of development activity, including eight million square feet of office, commercial, mixed, and residential uses, planned in the San José portion of the corridor. The corridor, which is already heavily congested and that continues to see rapid development, needs a fast, reliable, and frequent transit system with grade-separated right-of-way. The Stevens Creek Line would support densification and urbanization in this vital corridor. Such a system would provide a high-capacity transit link between this part of Silicon Valley – a geography that currently lacks this type of transit service – and connect major sites via transit to the rest of the Bay Area via Caltrain, BART, ACE, and Capitol Corridor services at Diridon Station. The City and its partners have already submitted a basic concept for a Stevens Creek Corridor transit service to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Regional Transportation Plan development process, Horizons/Plan Bay Area 2050. MTC staff has recommended the Stevens Creek Line be included and have access to regional funding in the update to the Plan Bay Area 2050. The plan update is currently in progress and are anticipated to seek adoption from the MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board of the Preferred Alternative for environmental analysis purposes in late 2020.
As of 2018, the City of San José has adopted five Urban Village plans in the area to accommodate and guide increased development activity. Increased development activity has also been seen along the entire corridor. During and following the urban villages’ adoption, transportation and planning staff from the Stevens Corridor Jurisdictions (VTA, City of Cupertino, City of Santa Clara, and City of San José), began to meet regularly to coordinate on transportation challenges along the entire corridor at the encouragement of their elected leaders.
In parallel to the VTA-led Vision study and efforts described above, in February 2019, San Jose City Council directed staff to “present for discussion various technology and alignment options for connecting the San José International Airport to Diridon Station. The same discussion may or may not include other potential corridors to Diridon Station, depending on staff’s readiness.” Based on this direction staff developed a Request for Information (RFI), with input from VTA, the City of Cupertino, and the City of Santa Clara. On July 1, 2019, the City released the developed RFI for transit solutions on the Diridon-Airport and Diridon-Stevens Creek corridors. More information about the RFI and evaluation of submittals is available at https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments-offices/transportation/transit/airport-diridon-stevens-creek-connector. The results of the RFI shall be integrated into the Stevens Creek Corridor Vision Study as an effort to identify an optimal innovative transit solution.
City of Cupertino Memo & Resolution
City of San Jose Memo & Resolution
City of Santa Clara Memo & Resolution
County of Santa Clara Memo & Resolution
Airport Connector and Stevens Creek Line August 25, 2020 Memo