How can San Jose enhance public transportation? The town needs to know
Transportation officers in San Jose are asking residents to assist craft the way forward for the town’s public transportation to extend accessibility, cut back greenhouse emissions and improve quality of life.
A survey on the city’s website is encouraging the general public to share what transportation adjustments would enhance the town and enhance choices for getting round San Jose. Outcomes from this survey, which ends September 30, will inform the town’s Entry and Mobility Plan, which can turn out to be San Jose’s citywide transportation plan.
“That is the place we’re asking the massive questions,” mentioned Ramses Madou, division supervisor for planning, coverage and sustainability in San Jose’s Division of Transportation. “How can we convey San Jose from its present, largely car-focused transportation system, to fulfill the town’s objectives of chopping in half the speed at which individuals drive by 2040?”
Questions on the survey embrace “Why do you select to not journey the bus extra typically?” and “Why don’t you bike extra in San Jose?” in addition to “Have you ever tried electrical bikes?” and “Would you strive electrical bikes?”
Among the division’s objectives embrace fast-tracking a motorbike plan headed to the Metropolis Council Oct. 6, accelerating the event of buses and light-weight rail and making extra areas pedestrian pleasant. They’re additionally gauging the general public’s curiosity in “micro-modal” types of transportation, which embrace e-bikes and e-scooters. All of those concepts would work in the direction of decreasing greenhouse fuel emissions in San José, 63% of which come from transportation actions.
The division additionally needs to extend security. There have been 60 visitors fatalities within the metropolis in 2019, simply as many because it had 5 years in the past when it first adopted the Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths. Of these 60, 29 of these had been pedestrian deaths.
Timeline for the plan
As soon as the town’s Entry and Mobility Plan is crafted, there’ll seemingly be a short-list of to-do objects for the town to finish inside the subsequent 5 years. But it surely’s additionally meant to work with the town’s Basic Plan, which lists its objectives main as much as the 12 months 2040.
That features being making San José a “bike and stroll first metropolis” Madou mentioned. Though San Francisco has the declare to fame for being “transi first,” Madou mentioned, San José ought to be capable to do the identical with the suitable plan. Even supposing Santa Clara County’s first BART station opened only a few months ago this year, connecting San José with Milpitas.
Consultants say that San José is heading in the right direction.
“There are various methods San José has taking a number one place in California — and within the nation — in fascinated with how we will evolve our transportation system into one that offers individuals handy journey choices apart from driving,” mentioned Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal, a analysis affiliate with Mineta Transportation Institute. “How San José will get to that purpose is, in fact, the problem. In contrast to San Francisco, San José could be very unfold out, which implies it’s laborious to run environment friendly transit service that serves everybody and but shouldn’t be extraordinarily costly to offer.”
Agrawal mentioned that the town might want to work to include these “micro-modal” types of transportation, like e-bikes and e-scooters.
These strategies aren’t for everybody, Agrawal mentioned, however for many individuals “these modes might work simply nice.” Encouraging possession of those gadgets — and never simply renting them for brief journeys round city — might make a distinction in how individuals get round, he mentioned.
“A few issues must occur in parallel to make micro-mobility (work),” Agrawal mentioned. “It will likely be important for the town to take the bike community that it already has, enormously develop that, and work out methods to harmoniously combine into that lane all types of bicycles — electrical kick-scooters and different micro-mobility gadgets.”
He mentioned the plan to create bike lanes round San Jose must be expansive.
“To get a significant enhance in bicycling and micro-mobility use, San Jose must have an intensive related community of services with no gaps,” Agrawal mentioned. “If there are gaps in bike lanes, for instance, many individuals received’t really feel protected sufficient to bicycle in any respect, even when these gaps are solely very quick.”
About 250 individuals have stuffed out the survey up to now, and the town is hoping for at the least 1,000 contributors. The deadline to take part is September 30. Entry it here.