El Camino Real (SR-82) is one of the main thoroughfares that
run through Santa Clara County. The El Camino Real Bus Rapid
Transit Project will replace current express bus service for
the six cities on the corrider with BRT service between the
Palo Alto Transit Center and Downtown San Jose. The project
would serve 16 stations along the 17-mile corridor, 14 of
which will be new, enhanced BRT stations. The project also
proposes to install bus-only lanes in certain portions of
the corridor. New vehicles will exemplify a higher-quality
of transit service and work with the station design to allow
for fast, all-door boarding and exiting.
Consulting Group is responsible for traffic impact analysis
for 164 off-corridor intersections. These 164 intersections
cover five local jurisdictions from San Jose to Palo Alto.
There are 10 project scenarios, including mixed-traffic
operation, exclusive bus lanes in side-running operation,
and exclusive bus lanes in center-running operation. The
center-running bus lanes may traverse the entire corridor or
be limited to select local cities. CHS also worked with the
project team to conduct research and to develop consistent
thresholds of significance criteria for assessing
significant traffic impacts. CHS worked closely with the
project team on this fast tracking project and completed the
analyses in two months.