As outlined in the General Plan:
“Citywide mobility is essential to Mountain View’s economy, health, community life and long-term sustainability. The [City’s] vision for community mobility includes an increasingly important focus on walking, bicycling and public transit. These modes reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve Mountain View’s overall health, wellness and livability.”
In order to move toward this vision for community mobility, the City is undertaking transportation projects that aim to integrate walking, bicycling, transit and motor vehicle access; enhance the beauty and vitality of public spaces; and employ emergent technologies and economic models.
Key projects and studies are listed below:
Recent studies are described in more detail in the following sections.
In February 2018, the City of Mountain View completed the Automated Guideway Transportation (AGT) Feasibility Study to address future anticipated demand for commuter access between Downtown Mountain View Transit Center and North Bayshore. The City Council had indicated that that adding roadway capacity in Mountain View would be socially and environmentally undesirable as well as economically impractical. City Council had also indicated that repurposing existing roadway capacity for higher-occupancy modes would be undesirable for motor vehicle access in the city, In order to increase capacity, the City therefore commissioned a study to understand the potential for implementing advanced mobility systems that range from Aerial Lifts, Automated People Movers, Monorail, Personal Rapid Transit and Group Rapid Transit to Autonomous Transit. The study assumed that the system would operate on elevated, exclusive tracks.
Based on the study, Autonomous Transit and Group Rapid Transit emerged as the most appropriate technologies from the perspective of passenger experience, infrastructure needs, technology application, and cost. The study also outlined key considerations for future planning as technology continues to evolve.
In May 2017, City Council adopted the Transit Center Master Plan as the first step in a multi-year process to plan, design and construct the new station area and improve Castro Street. The master planning process considered interrelated options for station access, expressway crossing, grade separation, platform extension, bus/shuttle circulation, vehicle parking and joint development with a view to supporting future Downtown vitality, station access, and multimodal circulation.
The conceptual plan adopted by Council includes redirection of Castro Street at West Evelyn Avenue; construction of a new ramp from West Evelyn Avenue to Shoreline Boulevard; installation of pedestrian and bicycle undercrossings across the expressway and Caltrain tracks; changes to Moffett/Central intersection; and platform widening and extension to the west.
The City is now working on Next Steps including more detailed design and environmental clearance.
On November 25, 2014, Mountain View City Council approved a conceptual design for integrated transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the Shoreline Boulevard Corridor from Downtown Mountain View and Downtown Transit Center to the City's North Bayshore Area. The conceptual design outlined in the Shoreline Boulevard Corridor Study (2014) employed a multimodal approach to achieving the City’s ambitious mode share goals, which had been evaluated in the Shoreline Transportation Study (2013). Key design features include a reversible transit lane and dedicated transit signals on Shoreline Boulevard; a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over U.S. 101; protected intersections and protected bikeway facilities; shuttle operational changes; and recommendations for further analysis of Mountain View Transit Center and the Castro/Moffett/Central intersection. In recognition of the innovative and sustainable approach to this corridor, the City of Mountain View received an Award of Excellence in Transportation Planning from the California Northern section of the American Planning Association.
The City is now carrying out capital project to complete detailed design of the first phase of this project, including reversible bus lanes. As discussed above, the City is also undertaking the Transit Center Master Plan to further concepts at the Transit Center.