The City of Mountain View has undertaken an ambitious effort to rethink Shoreline Boulevard, a major thoroughfare in Silicon Valley. Home to one of the biggest tech employment hubs in the country, it was clear that the city needed a new mobility approach to mitigate traffic impacts. The community articulated a vision for new multimodal streets that prioritize the safe and convenient travel of transit riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Nelson\Nygaard analyzed travel patterns, transit needs, and street design deficiencies and integrated information gathered from an innovative outreach program that included a project website, online and intercept surveys, and interactive community meetings. We presented and enhanced design concepts through collaborative meetings with the community, regional stakeholders, and major employers such as Google, Intuit, and LinkedIn.
We recommended a diverse package of innovative improvements including a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over U.S. 101, protected intersection treatments, and the city’s first protected bicycle lanes. Other key designs include narrower traffic lanes, traffic calming elements, and a dedicated, reversible transit lane on Shoreline Boulevard that allows buses and shuttles to bypass the most congested street segments.
The protected facilities will incorporate physical barriers, landscaped buffers, distinct signal phasing, and pavement markings to create a dedicated space for transit riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The Mountain View Transit Center, a regional hub for employer shuttles, also required circulation improvements and a comprehensive shuttle loading plan. Finally, we developed a realistic, yet aggressive implementation program to ensure that the designs move forward and are constructed within the next few years.
The recommendations were approved by City Council in November 2014 and implementation began in 2016.