Morgan Hill Community-Based Transportation Plan
In January 2019, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) through funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), initiated a Community-Based Transportation Plan (CBTP). The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is conducting outreach for the Community-Based Transportation Plan (CBTP) in partnership with the City of Morgan Hill, and the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. The CBTP focuses on mobility needs in disadvantaged communities and communities of concern or areas in the city of Morgan Hill with a concentration of low-income, non-English speakers, elderly, or disabled communities.
A variety of outreach events are scheduled for VTA staff to meet with Morgan Hill residents and help determine if the currently available programs, services, and infrastructure are meeting their mobility needs.
If the VTA findings show that current services are not enough or are not the right kind of services for the community, VTA will partner with the City of Morgan Hill and develop a plan to bridge mobility gaps the community may experience in traveling in the city.
VTA staff are available to attend community or neighborhood group meetings held in Morgan Hill. Contact VTA Community Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 321-7575, TTY Only: (408) 321-2330
Members of the Morgan Hill community can participate in the online survey.
The resulting CBTP will be an essential tool for helping VTA and community proactively pursue projects when funding becomes available. Projects in the final plan can address important issues, including, but are not limited to bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, public transportation amenities, local roads & streets improvement, and integration of technology with transportation.
The plan will include:
- Demographic analysis of the area
- List of community-prioritized transportation needs
- Strategies or solutions to address these needs
- Identify possible funding sources
- List of stakeholders to implement the plan
- Documented results of community outreach strategies
Morgan Hill Transportation Background
In February of 2018, the Morgan Hill Station Area Masterplan was accepted by the City Council. The Master Plan takes stock of the existing transportation context and is generally focused on identifying considerations and opportunities for the further improvement of multi-modal (vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, bus, train) connectivity and access as well as the quality of the walking environment within the public realm of the street.
City of Morgan Staff in preparation for work on the Station Area Masterplan undertook and effort to assess Morgan Hill transit usage. The City published the survey results showing challenges with first and last mile connections as limited access to many parts of the Morgan Hill Community.
Get’n Around Town
In response to the need of more service, the Senior Center launched a pilot volunteer driver program in October of 2017. The program is successful and looking for solutions to maintain and expand the program. For more information you can contact the Senior Center.
Other Relevant Transportation Efforts
VTA Next Network Plan
VTA's Next Network project was a redesign of the transit network and is one component of the Transit Ridership Improvement Program. The Transit Ridership Improvement Program is an agency-wide effort to make public transit faster, more frequent and more useful for Santa Clara County travelers. The Next Network project concerns VTA's transit operations and seeks to:
- Better connect VTA transit with the Milpitas and Berryessa BART stations
- Increase overall system ridership
- Improve VTA's farebox recovery rate
The plan recommends reducing service in Morgan Hill. For more information visit the VTA website at http://www.vta.org/projects-and-programs/transit/next-network