San Jose: : San José Celebrates Over $62 Million in Grants for Transportation Safety
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Colin Heyne, Public Information Manager, Department of Transportation

San José Celebrates Over $62 million in Grants for Transportation Safety

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Jan 26, 2023)
– The City of San José is celebrating the announcement of several grant awards for transportation safety projects that support walking, biking, and taking transit. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced the projects chosen for the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) and Active Transportation Program (ATP) awards on January 25. San José projects fared extremely well. With a total of $62.34 million in grant awards, the largest city in the Bay Area received more project funding than any other agency.

The winning San José projects include Vision Zero safety improvements, conversion of one-way streets to two-way, and completely revamping some streets to better accommodate walking, bicycling, and transit use. To make the best use of the funding amounts available, some proposed projects were awarded for initial phases, while others were funded through construction. The Department of Transportation will continue to seek funding to fully implement all of the projects.

"In 2022, San José had the most pedestrian and traffic-related deaths in our modern history – each death is a devastating and irreplaceable loss for our entire community," said San José Mayor and MTC Commissioner Matt Mahan. "Our traffic safety challenges won't fix themselves – and infrastructure improvements are one of the most significant ways to make the changes needed to save lives. San José is thankful to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for funding these critical projects."

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"From big cities like San José to small towns like Healdsburg, the Active Transportation Program and One Bay Area Grant play an important role in advancing regional goals to make the Bay Area better connected, safer, healthier and economically vibrant," said MTC Executive Director Therese W. McMillan.

"These projects will make significant progress in our mission to update San José streets from car-focused and fast to safe and welcoming for all types of travel," said John Ristow, Director of Transportation. "The City has aggressive goals to make it far safer and easier to use sustainable transportation and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions. We're very grateful to the MTC for giving us the funding we need to work toward those goals."

The five San José project awards and key features are listed below:

Project NameKey FeaturesGrant AmountTotal Project Cost (Estimated)
Jackson Avenue Complete StreetsEnvironmental review, design, and construction along Alum Rock Avenue to Story Road segment:
  • Raised cycle tracks
  • Protected intersections
  • New pedestrian crossings
  • Enhanced high-visibility crossings
  • Bus boarding islands
  • Automobile travel lane removal and narrowing
  • Pedestrian-scale lighting
  • New and modified signals
  • Landscaped median
$3.3 million$50.8 million (Full corridor implementation, Berryessa Road to Story Road)
Julian and St. James Livable Streets Couplet ConversionConstruction of:
  • Repaving and restriping the streets for two-way traffic
  • New and modified signals
  • New LED pedestrian-scale lighting
  • Street trees
  • Wayfinding information
  • Green-backed bicycle sharrows
  • Bike racks
  • Accessible curb ramps
  • High-visibility crosswalks
$12.9 million$16.2 million
Signalized Intersections Pedestrian Safety ImprovementsDesign and construction of intersection improvements at First & Virginia streets; Seventh & Reed streets; Naglee & Dana avenues:
  • Protected left turn signals
  • Additional signal heads
  • Accessible ped push buttons
  • Video detection
  • High visibility back plates
  • Enhanced street lighting
  • Bulbed-out corners
  • Protected intersections
$6.3 million$7.9 million
Story-Keyes Complete StreetsEnvironmental review, design, and construction of:
  • Separated bikeways
  • Protected intersections
  • Transit boarding islands and related improvements
  • Green stormwater infrastructure
  • Study feasibility of bus-only lanes
$36.4 million$41.1 million
White Road Pedestrian Safety ImprovementsEnvironmental review and preliminary design of:
  • New signals
  • New and enhanced pedestrian crossings
  • Protected intersections
  • Automobile travel lane removal and narrowing
  • Raised cycle tracks
  • Bus boarding islands and stop amenities
$3.4 million$74.4 million (Full corridor implementation)

About the City of San José

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With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California's largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José's transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City's anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About the Department of Transportation
The San José Department of Transportation (DOT) plans, develops, operates, and maintains transportation facilities, services, and related systems that contribute to the livability and economic health of the city. Our goal is to provide a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and convenient for all modes of transportation, and which supports San José's livability and economic vitality.

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