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Stevens Creek Trail Extension

The Stevens Creek Trail Extension project will close the gaps in the Stevens Creek Trail. The project consists of three phases. We are beginning with Phase I. For details on the three phases refer to the map below and see Details tab.

This project builds on the 2015 Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study, see Documents tab.

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Contact

Angela Obeso , Principal Transportation Engineer, 408-730-7557

Progress

Phase I: West Remington Drive to West Fremont Avenue

The VTA awarded the City with Measure B funding for this phase. The segment consists of an off-street trail along the Stevens Creek and Highway 85. The project will include creating connections to local streets. On April 20, the City Council approved the funding agreement for environmental and design. For more information about the funding agreement, see Documents tab.

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Location Map of all Phases

Aerial map showing location of each project phase

 

Next Steps

Phase I project steps include:

  • Winter 2021 - Project consultant selection for environmental and design requirements
  • Environmental review and preliminary design
  • Final design and submit bid and construction documents
  • Construction
  • Grand Opening

Details

Phase I: West Remington Drive to West Fremont Avenue

The VTA awarded Measure B funding to the City for this Phase I segment. The award will fund the environmental studies and design phases.

Phase II: Dale Avenue-Heatherstone Way to West Remington Drive

The VTA awarded the cities of Sunnyvale-Mountain View partnership with Measure B funding for Phase II. The award will fund the environmental studies and design phases. The City of Mountain View is leading the Phase II project. It will begin in 2023.

Phase III: West Fremont Avenue to Homestead Road

The segment from West Fremont Avenue to Homestead Road will be a future project. It is currently unfunded.

Documents

Report to Council 21-0320 - Approve Budget Modification No. 20 to Appropriate $3.5 Million in Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) 2016 Measure B Funding and $389,000 from the Transportation Impact Fee Funds for the Environmental, Permitting, and Design Costs for the Stevens Creek Trail Segment from W. Remington Drive to W. Fremont Avenue and Authorize the City Manager to Execute All Grant-Related Documents 

Report to Council 19-1132 - Authorize a Local Match of $600,000 for the VTA Measure B Bicycle and Pedestrian Competitive Grant Program for the Stevens Creek Trail extension project; and Approve Budget Modification No 12 to Appropriate $600,000 from the Transportation Impact Fees Reserve in the Capital Projects Fund

Report to Council 16-0034 – Support the Preferred Alignment of the Stevens Creek Trail as Recommended by the Joint Cities Working Team (JCWT) and Find that Action is Exempt from CEQA under CEQA Guidelines Sections 15262 and 15306 (Feasibility and Planning Studies and Information Collection)

Joint Cities Working Team and Citizens Working Group Reports

Background

The vision for a bicycle-pedestrian trail along Stevens Creek originated in 1961. The idea began with the Santa Clara County Planning Department. They created the "Stevens Creek Park Chain Plan." The Plan would preserve land and create parks and trails along Stevens Creek.

Today, Stevens Creek Trail is about five miles long. It goes from the Bay Trail at Shoreline Park to Dale Avenue-Heatherstone Way in Mountain View. One trail segment is from Stevens Creek Boulevard to McClellan Road. It goes through Blackberry Farm Park and McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.

In 2009, a trail planning effort created the Joint Cities Working Team (JCWT). This team had one elected official and one staff member from each of the following agencies:

  • Cupertino
  • Los Altos
  • Mountain View
  • Sunnyvale

In the fall of 2012, the Citizens Working Group was created. It would help with public outreach and act in an advisory role to the JCWT. The Group selected a consultant team to prepare a feasibility study. The study's purpose was to provide an analysis of routes to bridge the gaps in trail segments. At that time, gaps existed in Mountain View and Cupertino. In September 2015, the Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study was complete. For details about the feasibility study see Documents tab.

The JCWT found and reviewed options to fill the gaps in the trail. They created necessary City planning documents.

In 2015 and 2016, the JCWT made recommendations and presented them to the four City Councils. The items included:

  • Trail alignment preferences
  • Policy recommendations on:
    • Protecting and improving wildlife habitat
    • Preserving public land
    • Continuing the collaboration with regional partners

The cities supported the proposals. Each City Council also had city-specific direction for other improvements or policies. Sunnyvale's City Council selected the preferred alignment in 2016. For details on the preferred alignment, see Documents tab, RTC 16-0034.

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2021
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