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East San Jose Wins Half-Million Dollar Planning Grant

The East San Jose Multimodal Transportation Improvement Plan (ESJ MTIP) builds on the city’s first five Urban Villages. Image: City of San Jose

On Tuesday August 29 the San Jose City Council unanimously finalized a deal to pay $61,000 of a $528,000 transportation plan centered on the inner East Side. The plan “will help advance key City priorities by developing a comprehensive transportation solution strategy for this diverse area of San Jose with growing development potential.” Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning (STP) funds $9.3 million of such community planning efforts statewide.

The East San Jose Multimodal Transportation Improvement Plan (ESJ MTIP) will aim to “ensure sustainability, preservation, mobility, safety, innovation, economy, health, and equity” by providing “a safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation system.” The plan builds on the city’s first five Urban Village plans (Roosevelt Park, Five Wounds, Little Portugal, 24th and William, and Alum Rock Avenue) to identify the area’s most needed transportation projects along with funding amounts. The area under study is centered on the future Alum Rock BART Station near Santa Clara Street & 28th Street.

The new transportation plan will “build upon these Urban Village plans to create a comprehensive, detailed, and prioritized area-wide transportation plan ready for implementation,” according to an August 17 memo by San Jose Department of Transportation Director Jim Ortbal and Senior Deputy City Manager Jennifer Maguire.