Public Meeting: Santa Clara 85 Express Lanes Project

Calendar Date:
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are pleased to report that an Initial Study/Environmental Assessment and Proposed Negative Declaration has been prepared for the Santa Clara 85 Express Lanes Project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Caltrans as the CEQA and NEPA lead agency intends to adopt a Negative Declaration for this project.

The 85 Express Lanes Project proposed to convert the existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on State Route (SR) 85 to express lanes. Use of the HOV Lanes is currently restricted to vehicles with two or more occupants, motorcycles, and certain alternative fuel vehicles. The conversion of the HOV lanes to express lanes would allow single-occupant vehicles (SOVs) to pay a toll to use the lanes, while HOVs would continue to use the lanes for free. The express lanes would extend along the entire 24.1-mile length of SR 85 and 1.5 miles of United States Highway 101 (US 101) from the southern end of SR 85 to Metcalf Road in San Jose.

The California Department of Transportation welcomes your comments on the Initial Study/Environmental Assessment and Proposed Negative Declaration. The public comment period for this document is from December 30, 2013, to January 31, 2014.

Open House Information:

January 16, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cambrian Branch Library
1780 Hillsdale Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, written comments can be submitted to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by January 31, 2014. Comments can be sent to:

Ngoc Bui
Associate Environmental Planner
Department of Transportation, Environmental Planning, MS 8B
P.O. Box 23660
Oakland, CA 94623

Comments can also be sent via email to An electronic copy of all related documents can be found online at In addition, the environmental document is available to the public at the following locations:

  • Caltrans District 4, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612
  • VTA, 3331 N. First Street, Building B Lobby, San Jose, CA 95134
  • Various libraries – call Roy Molseed at (408) 321-5784 for location

TTY users may request copies of the document in alternate formats through the California Relay Service at 711.

Questions can be directed to:

  • Cristin Hallissy, Senior Environmental Planner – (510) 622-8717
  • Ngoc Bui, Associate Environmental Planner - (510) 286-4736