Find out what VTA is considering to address gridlock on Highway 85

Road sign state route 85 California

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is encouraging residents to weigh in on proposals to address hair-pulling gridlock along State Route 85 from Mountain View to San Jose.

The VTA has launched a study to evaluate transportation alternatives for the 23.7-mile corridor, which include Bus Rapid Transit service and infrastructure, Light Rail Transit, and other future transportation technologies and options.

Currently, VTA staff are collecting data and travel market analysis as part of the study. Starting next month, public input meetings will be held (more on those meetings later in this story). Early next year, there will be an analysis of chosen roadway alternatives, followed by more public meetings mid-next year. After the preferred traffic changes are identified, recommendations will head to the VTA’s board for approval late next year.

Community input

Cupertino residents have opportunities to be a part of the discussion. On Monday, Nov. 13, a community planning meeting will be held at the Quinlan Community Center at 10185 N Stelling Road in Cupertino, 6 p.m. Those who cannot attend the meeting have the options of attending community meetings in other local cities, including at the Southside Community Center at 5585 Cottle Rd in San Jose on Nov. 9, as well as the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela, on Nov. 16. All meetings start at 6 p.m.

Community process for modifications State Route 85 California

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