Downtown Transportation Plan Online Open House
Posted on Monday November 8, 2021 by Move San José
Part of the Downtown Transportation Plan Effort
The City of San José wants to hear your thoughts on the future of our downtown and the transportation systems that connect us. The Downtown Transportation Plan will combine what we know about transportation in Downtown with your local knowledge and lived experience. The result will be a plan that helps us meet City goals for safety, traffic, and quality of life.
The San José Department of Transportation (SJDOT) has prepared for this plan by:
- Reviewing the existing street grid
- Listening to residents’ concerns
- Developing new suggestions to improve transportation in a changing Downtown
The Online Open House is a virtual workshop. It will help SJDOT gather community feedback to help us make decisions about future investment, project prioritization, and downtown transit.
Update: the Online Open House surveys are now closed. You can continue to learn more about the plan, and if you have questions or comments please email: Downtown.Transportation.Plan@sanjoseca.gov.
How to Navigate this Open House
Please visit the following pages to learn more about the improvements we are considering for the Downtown Transportation Plan. Complete the surveys to let us know which ideas would or would not help you travel in Downtown.
You can always use the navigation links to explore any of the pages in this online open house.
The Downtown Transportation Plan will identify new types of streets for the downtown area. By planning for certain streets to work better for certain types of transportation, we can do a better job of deciding which improvements to make.
We’ve heard about some big problems from the community. And we’ve thought about some big projects to help fix them. These larger-scale improvements are what we are calling “Big Moves.” They will need more planning, outreach, and funding to become reality.
All these improvements come with tradeoffs. You and your neighbors may have different priorities depending on your needs today and ideas for tomorrow.
Start with this Video
To get started, please review the video below for a general explanation of the Downtown Transportation Plan.
About the Downtown Transportation Plan
Downtown San José is growing fast. A surge of construction and new buildings will have a lasting impact on how people get around. We expect the Downtown population to roughly double to about 130,000 residents, 160,000 workers, and 50,000 students by 2040.
As the number of people continues to grow, this will mean the amount of driving in Downtown would double. This would make traffic unbearable. It would make air quality worse, reduce access to opportunities, and threaten the health of our families and communities.
The purpose of the Downtown Transportation Plan is to accommodate this growth in the best possible way. To create a transportation system that will allow Downtown to become the kind of place that we’d like it to be—a place for people and the vibrant heart of the community. The Plan will build an equitable, affordable, and sustainable transportation system. The City’s goal is that half of Downtown trips will be made by walking, biking, and transit by 2040. To get there, the Plan will combine community feedback and the best practices in transportation planning. The result will be a document that guides investment, prioritizes projects, and sets goals related to downtown transit.
The Plan will focus on transportation issues, but also create more vibrant and welcoming downtown San José neighborhoods. We’re focusing on the following neighborhoods, shown in the map below:
- Calle Willow
- Delmas Park
- Diridon Station Area
- Horace Mann
- Julian-St. James
- Little Italy
- San Pedro Square
- SJSU and South University Neighborhood
- SoFA District
The City, working with community-based organizations and the public, have established guiding principles for the Downtown Transportation Plan. These include the following categories.
- People-first: Include a wide variety of individuals who live, work, and play in San José in the planning effort, and particularly their need for safety, health, dignity, comfort, community, and enjoyment.
- Place: Through smart transportation investments, advance the vision of a vibrant, creative, and livable downtown with neighborhood communities that are complete, unique, welcoming of all and reflective of our city’s diverse history.
- Equity: Support equitable, affordable, and inclusive access to places in Downtown San José for all residents, workers, and visitors to San José across all abilities, ages, races, gender identities, and income levels. Ensure that equity and the needs of vulnerable populations are incorporated into all aspects of the Plan.
- Economy: Design a resilient multimodal transportation system that supports people of all means and downtown economic development in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Climate: Support the City’s Climate Smart goals of resiliency, reduced single occupancy vehicle use, and increased use of sustainable travel options.
San José is Planning Big Things
San José has big goals and an ambitious future that is supported by citywide initiatives such as:
What We’ve Heard So Far
We began talking with the community about the Plan in November 2019. We held a variety of events so that the public could discuss current conditions and opportunities for improving transportation in Downtown San José. A speaker’s series, listening sessions, workshops, and surveys were all ways we listened to residents and others about their understanding of current conditions along with their hopes for the DTP.
From these outreach efforts, we learned that the community wants to see changes to downtown. We heard about key issues such as congestion, safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and inefficient public transit. Through conversations with community members, we heard a few common desires:
- Lively and attractive streets and public spaces that highlight Downtown’s public life, businesses, and destinations
- A transportation system that supports travel for all ages and abilities
- A main street in Downtown
Now it’s time to hear what you think! Please share your input in the surveys throughout this online open house. Learning about your experiences and hearing your ideas for improvement will help the City plan the best transportation system possible for Downtown’s future.