Transportation Planning

 

CURRENT PLANNING EFFORTS

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.”

To move toward this vision, the City is undertaking transportation projects to improve walkability, bikeability, transit access and motor vehicle access, while enhancing the beauty, sustainability and vitality of public spaces.  Current plans and studies are described in the following sections:

Vision Zero Action Plan and Local Road Safety Plan

El Camino Real Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Project

Middlefield and Moffett Complete Streets Improvements

AccessMV: Mountain View's Comprehensive Modal Plan

Bernardo Avenue Undercrossing

 Castro Grade Separation and Transit Center Access Improvements

Shoreline Boulevard Corridor Study

 Automated Guideway Transportation Feasibility Study

Multimodal Transportation Analysis (MTA) Handbook

Other Recent Plans and Studies

MIDDLEFIELD AND MOFFETT COMPLETE STREETS IMPROVEMENTS

The City plans to repave portions of Moffett Boulevard and Middlefield Road. In conjunction with this pavement maintenance work, the City is exploring potential complete streets elements, which may include pedestrian crossing enhancements, on-street parking removal, and protected bikeways on Moffett Boulevard north of Middlefield Road as well as Middlefield Road between Moffett Boulevard and Bernardo Avenue

June 21, 2022 virtual community meeting presentation slides  

 

ACCESSMV: Mountain View's COMPREHENSIVE MODAL PLAN

The City of Mountain View recently developed AccessMV, a Comprehensive Modal Plan to provide a consistent vision for the City's multimodal transportation network. Building on more than thirty existing local and regional transportation plans and studies, AccessMV analyzed Citywide bicycle level of traffic stress, pedestrian quality of service, potential transit demand, and vehicle conditions under existing and planned scenarios. AccessMV also assessed network overlaps, inconsistencies, and gaps between the different plans and studies. Proposed prioritization criteria were then developed to identify priority corridors, and and prioritize transportation improvements. 

Community engagement regarding AccessMV included: an online survey; virtual community meetings on October 22, 2020 and February 18, 2021; presentations to the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (B/PAC) on February 26, 2020, June 24, 2020September 30, 2020 and March 31, 2021; a Council Transportation Committee session on April 20, 2021; and City Council consideration on November 10, 2020.

The AccessMV Final Report was approved by Council on May 25, 2021

BERNARDO AVENUE UNDERCROSSING

The City of Mountain View is working collaboratively with the City of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on Bernardo Avenue Undercrossing. A Special Joint Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting between the two cities was held on this topic on December 2, 2020. Members of the public will be invited to provide input on this topic at a joint community meeting to be held in early 2021. 

 

castro grade separation and transit center access improvements

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 the Next Steps, including more detailed design and environmental clearance.

Shoreline Boulevard Corridor Study

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 the Downtown Transit Center to the City's North Bayshore Area.

The conceptual design outlined in the 2014 Shoreline Boulevard Corridor Study employed a multimodal approach to achieving the City’s ambitious mode share goals, which had been evaluated in the 2013 Shoreline Transportation Study.  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 for Excellence in Transportation Planning from the Northern California chapter of the American Planning Association.

The City is now implementing Capital Projects to complete detailed design of this project, including reversible bus lanes and the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over US-101.  As discussed above, the City is also undertaking the Transit Center Master Plan to further concepts at the Transit Center.

Multimodal Transportation analysis (MTA) handbook

On June 30, 2020, the City established Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as the metric for assessing transportation-related environmental impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

In conjunction with this change, the City has established a Multimodal Transportation Analysis (MTA) Handbook that provides multimodal metrics for assessing transportation related adverse effects of public and private land development projects in the City.  

Automated Guideway Transportation Feasibility Study

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 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.

This next phase of this planning effort has been deferred. 

Recent projects and studies are listed below:

Regional Agencies and Projects

 
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