Traffic and Transportation

“The need for action on traffic congestion is immediate and obvious. We need a countywide approach and we can’t really be parochial about it. On the other hand, it’s entirely understandable that folks in every part of the county are going to be asking themselves ‘what’s in it for us?"

--Supervisor Simitian

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    Countywide Relief for Traffic Congestion -- In 2016 Supervisor Simitian supported Measure B, a one half-cent sales tax for transportation projects to address the County’s traffic congestion. But his support came with two important conditions: a cap on the portion of proceeds funding BART to San Jose (which had swallowed up 80% of sales tax revenues over the past twenty years); and, meaningful congestion relief on a countywide basis.  Because of Supervisor Simitian’s efforts Measure B was crafted to do both, and was ultimately approved by 72% of the voters. Learn more
  • Valley Transportation Authority & Measure B -- In 2020, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) announced that most of the Measure B half-cent sales tax increase over the next ten years would go toward extending BART further into San Jose at the expense of other transportation projects that would benefit residents elsewhere in the County. Contending that the plan failed to mitigate traffic congestion and undermined public trust, County Supervisor Simitian introduced a resolution opposing VTA's proposed scenario, which was unanimously supported by the County Board of Supervisors. The approved resolution called on the VTA Board of Directors, of which he was a sitting member, to support a new plan to distribute funds more evenly over the next decade among all nine transportation programs, thereby ensuring Countywide benefits as promised in the 2016 ballot measure.​​​​​ That goal was achieved at the December 2021 VTA Board of Directors meeting. Learn more​
  • RYDE: On-Demand Transportation for Seniors in West Valley -- Too many seniors in Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Campbell and Monte Sereno were stuck in their homes and couldn’t make their way to see family, friends or get to a doctor’s appt.  To help solve that problem Supervisor Simitian proposed RYDE (Reach Your Destination Easily) offering residents in those five West Valley communities an affordable ride using needs-based sliding scale pricing.  Through a joint agreement between the County, VTA, and the five participating cities. local non-profits host the program, keeping costs low by using both volunteers and commercial driving services.  Learn more​

  • Bus Rapid Transit on El Camino Real -- In 2010, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) proposed a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project for El Camino Real, from San Jose to Palo Alto. VTA’s preferred design would have reduced car traffic lanes from three to two in each direction using the median lanes for buses only, in an effort to reduce bus travel times on the corridor. As a member of the Policy Advisory Board convened for the project, Supervisor Simitian raised concerns about the project's estimated cost of $233 million and its impact on traffic, all in pursuit of uncertain increases in bus ridership decades in the future.  Learn more

  • Safe Routes to School -- Students from Los Altos, Cupertino and Sunnyvale walking or bicycling on the busy Homestead Road corridor face challenging street conditions along their route to school. Supervisor Simitian led the development of a plan for additional on-street safety improvements that required a multi-jurisdictional approach to solving the problem. In June 2020, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority approved $1.17 million for environmental clearance and design.

    At Supervisor Simitian's urging the County also installed detection systems at high student-traffic intersections that give pedestrians and bicyclists additional time to cross the street, most recently for five intersections on Foothill Expressway. Learn more​

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