The Sunnyvale Sun

February 27, 2015

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 1 8 6 Volume 23, Issue 9 $1.00 February 27, 2015 An edition of the BY ALIA WILSON T he city of Sunnyvale is choosing not to support a dedicated, bus-only lane for a Bus Rapid Transit project down El Camino Real for the second time in nearly three years. Instead, the Sunnyvale City Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 24 to support an option that would see VTA buses share travel lanes with other vehicles. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority redefined its BRT dedicated bus lane project in 2012 af- ter the Sunnyvale City Council voted against it the first time. But two years later, the Valley Transportation Authority transit agency is still advocating for bus-only lanes and stations that would traverse the median of El Camino Real, stretching from San Jose to Palo Alto. The dedicated lanes proposal would repurpose the two center lanes on El Camino to be for buses only. BRT stations in Sunnyvale would be located at Wolfe Road, Remington Drive, Hollenbeck Avenue and Ber- nardo Avenue. While bus travel times are projected to be cut nearly in half for the entire 17-mile corridor, it would mean drivers could make only right turns at six Sunnyvale intersections. Some on-street parking would also be eliminated in order to make room for the new stations. Some Sunnyvale City Council members argued that moving forward with the dedicated lanes would follow the city's General Plan policies that address traffic con- cerns along the corridor, while others on the council said alternatives to BRT should be explored. "We talked a lot about options and the dedicated lane option, and there is no doubt in my mind that the bus would move faster," Councilman Glenn Hendricks said. "What I have a challenge with is overall the broader impacts for the city to other roadways away from El Camino and the impact to El Camino itself. I can't get past that." The Feb. 24 decision to support mixed-use lanes was made after two hours of public testimony and about three additional hours of council discussion. Residents of all ages spoke both in favor and against the proposal. SUNNYVALE COUNCIL VOTES 4-3 AGAINST DEDICATED LANES FOR BUS RAPID TRANSIT Council prefers a mixed-use lane Lifetime Achievement: Longtime resident Leslie Lawton honored at Murphy Awards ............... page 5 Open Market: Zanotto's opens in April after infrastructure delays ....................................... page 6 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Pints for Pups Pints for Pups Pet Project fundraiser mixes craft ales with ceramic art Pet Project fundraiser mixes craft ales with ceramic art page 12 page 12 Jamie Meador, a teacher at Higher Fire, is making 30-40 ceramic pints and a few growlers to sell at the upcoming Pints For Pups, a fundraiser for Silicon Valley Pet Project being held at Strike Brewing on March 7. BRT, page 6

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