Silicon Valley has some of the worst traffic around. Our transportation system is too reliant on cars to get anywhere, most of which rely on oil and emit harmful greenhouse gasses. The best way to cut down on traffic, the time we lose stuck in it, and the pollution it causes, is to support a transportation system with more options. Transportation is especially important to me and District 6 because of how close we are to the airport, multiple trails & Diridon Station.
Expand & Encourage Existing Transit
Understanding & Serving VTA
Invest In New Technologies
Streets for Walking & Cycling
Expand & Encourage Existing Transit: We need a focus on making it easier for all of us to bike, walk, take scooters, share cars, and use public transportation. Investing in more efficient public transit can mean higher use of our public transportation systems. That includes:
- Creating more lanes for bus service and investing in efficient modes of transportation like rapid buses along key corridors. In fact, as VTA and the City of San Jose are currently exploring better public transit along the Stevens Creek Boulevard corridor from San Jose to Cupertino, my goal is to start construction on a bus rapid transit system along San Carlos Street in D6 by 2028.
- Encouraging signal prioritization of VTA light rail as needed in San Jose and in other jurisdictions will lead to faster light rail trains. We need a fast system to bring in riders.
- Increasing safety through adding new security officers to ride the trains and patrol the stations, which will attract more riders. Many San Joséans tell me they want to feel safer on light rail.
- Building less parking for new cars that clog your neighborhoods, in turn, supporting transportation demand management measures to offset this.
- Speeding up VTA building of developments on land it owns next to transit stations. That means advocating at VTA and the state for expediting these projects.
- Discouraging driving alone to work among city employees. I support the City of San Jose creating programs like cash incentives for those who don’t drive and/or a closed-loop system that encourages city employees to carpool like the one I initiated at Santa Clara County.
Transit-Oriented Housing: I will fight tooth-and-nail for more transit-oriented, sustainable development. We can make tremendous progress on this issue with Council leadership tuned into TOD development. On projects in San Jose, especially those in my district, I will emphasize projects that are multi-story buildings next to public transit and job centers like Diridon Station and along major San José streets, which in District 6 includes Bascom Ave, Meridian, West San Carlos, and The Alameda.
These housing projects, especially if on public land like VTA-owned TOD sites, should ensure that the developers provide multi-year free transit passes to occupants to encourage more people to ride public transit. We need lots of homes and jobs next to transit to ensure our investments in these publicly funded systems pay off. This is especially important for affordable housing projects because these residents are most likely to need and use public transit. We need to ensure our investments in these publicly funded systems pay off.
Like Mayor Mahan, Councilmember Cohen, and Assemblymember Alex Lee, I oppose reducing the number of homes at the Berryessa Flea Market site from nearly 3,500 homes in mid-rise buildings to 900 townhomes. This lower number of homes is especially bad next to VTA’s Berryessa Transit Center and a BART Station, where we need higher densities to ensure higher public transit usage.
Understanding & Serving VTA: With my experience covering VTA policy for Supervisor Ken Yeager in 2015, working at VTA from 2016-2019, and as a regular transit rider myself, I will continue to publicly extol the virtues and benefits of our public transit system. I care deeply about this agency and understand it better than most candidates. Because transit service is so central to District 6 and its residents, once elected to City Council, I’ll urge the Mayor and the Council to appoint me to VTA’s Board so I can better represent District 6 and advocate for transit.
Invest In New Technologies: We have to invest in more modern transit technology. Yet we also have to be cautious stewards of public dollars to ensure we’re not spending millions of taxpayer dollars on new, untested ideas. So we should first explore new transportation innovations such as those that enhance existing transit like buses, BART, and light rail. If private companies are willing to take risks to invest private dollars in transportation solutions that provide efficient transit service and save taxpayers money, we should be willing to explore those options.
Streets for Walking & Cycling: The way we design streets has a direct impact on the comfort, convenience, and safety we feel when cycling or walking our city streets. I propose the following to make streets safer for those not driving:
- Protected intersections for the safety of bicyclists
- Raised bike lanes like Santa Clara County is implementing along Lawrence Expressway
- Increasing safety for pedestrians by Speed up implementation that allowings pedestrians to get a head start crossing through an intersection (also known as “leading pedestrian interval”) and flashing crosswalks to protect pedestrians, especially at night
Erecting more traffic calming measures on city streets to reduce speeding, such as
- Speed humps or bumps on residential streets where speeding occurs
- Roundabouts (traffic circles) to calm dangerous intersections
- Flashing crosswalks to protect pedestrians, especially at night