After years of neglect, San José’s transportation network is in critical need of repair and rehabilitation. Since taking office, Mayor Liccardo has prioritized fixing San José’s roads, bridges and sidewalks. In particular, his 2015 budget was the first in a decade to allocate enough money to fully fund the annual need to fix and maintain all of the city's major roads. Read more about road maintenance (and report potholes) on the Transportation Department's website.
Mineta San José International Airport serves as “Silicon Valley’s Airport,” and the airport of choice for business travelers and residents from throughout the region. Mayor Liccardo has played a key role in developing a comprehensive air service strategy to expand international and long-haul domestic service, and ensure that Silicon Valley companies and local residents have convenient travel options to high-demand destinations. During his first 18 months in office, Silicon Valley’s Airport launched new nonstop passenger service to five new international destinations – including Beijing, London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Vancouver – and saw its passenger traffic reach 10 million travelers per year. Visit the Mineta San José International Airport's website for more information on new flights.
Diridon Station is already the hub of Silicon Valley’s transportation network, serving Caltrain, ACE, Amtrak, VTA lightrail service, and bus services from numerous regional service providers. With the planned addition of BART and High-Speed Rail by 2025, Mayor Liccardo is focused on growing Diridon Station, and the surrounding area, into the largest, best-connected, multimodal transit hub west of the Mississippi. Read about the Diridon Station Area Plan on the Planning Department's website.
Mayor Liccardo has been a longtime advocate of extending BART to San José and completing a "ring of rail" around the Bay Area, which will help take drivers off of the road, relieve congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the first phase of the VTA Silicon Valley extension to San José's Berryessa neighborhood coming online in 2017 (ahead of schedule and under budget), Mayor Liccardo is leading efforts to secure the funding necessary for the full BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension, and to bring the transit line to Alum Rock, Diridon Station in Downtown San José and Santa Clara. Read more on BART Silicon Valley on VTA's website.
In the coming years, VTA will deliver new, high-frequency bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, enhanced efficiency on light rail, and local line restructures to better connect to new BART stations. In his roles on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Valley Transportation Authority Board - key positions that support a range of investments in the region - Mayor Liccardo continues to push to bring these new services online and ensure that residents have access to more convenient and useful transit options.
Visit VTA's website to learn more about current public transit projects.
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The Bay Area Bike Share is the first large-scale bicycle-sharing system implemented on the West Coast and Mayor Liccardo has sought to aggressively expand the system in San José to provide residents with a convenient, safe and healthy alternative to driving for short commutes. San José currently has 16 stations with more than 150 bikes available 24 hours a day in its downtown. Thanks to a unique public-private partnership, the program will expand to include 1,000 bikes in San José and more than 7,000 throughout the region by 2017. Read more about the Bike Share program on the Transportation Department's website.