VTA Santa Clara - Alum Rock BRT

San Jose, CA

Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority

Lead Consultant


CD+A was hired by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), to develop schematic station designs for four stations on the future Santa Clara Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route, which extends eastbound from Downtown San Jose along Santa Clara Street/ Alum Rock Avenue and terminates at the Eastridge Transit Center and Capitol Expressway in east San Jose.

Primary goal of the project was to develop prototypical design concepts that could be used by VTA in future discussions of proposed BRT station improvements with local agencies, station-adjacent neighbors, and stakeholder groups. For this purpose, CD+A developed BRT bus station designs layouts for curbside stations and stations located along a center-running, dedicated busway. Design work included the layout of station amenities, the selection of a shelter and matching furnishings, and the identification of opportunities for the integration of public art at each station. A primary design goal was to develop a station design concept that enhances operational functions such as boarding, alighting, and ticketing, as well as creating an aesthetically pleasing appearance that is consistent and highly recognizable throughout the entire BRT system, while also taking local site conditions and context into consideration.

As a part of the design process, CD+A participated in a series of meetings with VTA and San Jose City staff, presenting them with a range of shelter and other amenity options and initial design concepts, in order to obtain their input and aesthetic preferences. The final schematic station designs feature a full range of amenities including special paving in the station area, modular shelters, pedestrian lighting, trash/ recycling receptacles, bicycle racks, real time information displays, ticket vending machines, seating, street trees, and combined flag sign/information totems that are similar those used at VTA's light rail station. CD+A also conducted research on the possibility of using solar panels on the shelter roof to power lighting inside the shelter and the real time information displays.