Transit-supported jobs and housing have a mutually supportive relationship for the continued economic success of the Bay Area. Transformative infrastructure such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) extension to Santa Clara County is a game changer. With the system already supporting nearly half of the Bay Area’s transit passenger miles, BART’s role to the region will become more important than ever before. With BART Phase I already underway, connecting Fremont to Milpitas and north San Jose, the Phase II project promises even greater connectivity. Phase II will further extend BART service for six miles into Santa Clara County, with four new stations planned at Alum Rock/28th Street, Downtown San Jose, Diridon Station, and Santa Clara.
The San Francisco office of Perkins+Will is thrilled to kickoff the BART Phase II Corridor TOD Strategy Study for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)/BART. The Study seeks to maximize the potential of this investment along the VTA/BART Phase II corridor. It will emphasize strategies for sustainable development with three key objectives:
• increasing transit ridership;
• encouraging economic development; and
• promoting a dynamic, mixed-use, mixed-income, walkable, bikeable, transit-integrated neighborhood
Attractive, vibrant, affordable, and economically successful Transit-Integrated Communities are a determining factor of a sustainable urban region. Establishing well-balanced, mixed-use districts that function as transit nodes, providing seamless access to multiple modes of transportation, will support a system-wide strategy that enables sustainable urban growth in the larger Bay Area region.