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Leaders of two-county El Camino initiative ink new agreement

Transportation and civic leaders win state funds for multi-modal approach to El Camino Real

SAN JOSE, Calif. | June 18, 2008 – Three Silicon Valley government agencies, working in partnership with business and civic leaders, today signed an historic agreement to develop a multimodal transportation corridor plan along El Camino Real. Funded by state transportation funds, the work is the result of the “Grand Boulevard” Initiative, a federation of 19 cities, two counties, SAMCEDA, and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network working to bring major improvements to El Camino Real.

Officials of the Valley Transportation Authority, the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County and the San Mateo County Transit District took part in ceremonies at Santa Clara City Hall to formalize the memorandum of understanding. The MOU authorizes a study for the 41-mile stretch of highway – the first of its kind – to guide the transformation of El Camino Real into a transit- and pedestrian-friendly arterial.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to develop strategies for the future operation of highway and transit service along the Grand Boulevard corridor,” said Michael J. Scanlon, general manager/CEO of SamTrans and co-chair of the Grand Boulevard Initiative. “This memorandum of understanding is a green light for the project to move forward.”

Development of the corridor plan is made possible by a transportation-planning grant of nearly $300,000 from Caltrans. The plan will seek ways to improve and increase transit options along the corridor, and examine roadway improvements such as signal timing, signal prioritization, bus queue lanes, bulb-outs and countdown signals.

“This is wonderful collaboration to make all the modes – vehicles, transit, walking and biking – work together in support of safer and more livable communities,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture and co-chair of the initiative.

The corridor plan is expected to be completed by October 2009.

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