Plans proceed on Loyola Corners update

Los Altos has initiated the process for updating the 25-year-old Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan.

Following direction from the Los Altos City Council Sept. 15, city staff will develop an approach, likely first securing a consultant to assess viable industry for the commercial center.


VTA says review validates El Camino Real rapid-bus project

An outside review of the controversial El Camino Real bus project that prioritizes public transit, released last week, largely affirmed Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s analysis of impacts to traffic and neighborhood streets.

The VTA proposal could set aside two of El Camino’s six vehicle lanes for dedicated bus transit, including the portion running through Los Altos and Mountain View.


Loyola Corners under moratorium, council to update area's plan

Traffic circulation around Fremont Avenue, currently impacted by Loyola Bridge construction, will likely be a key aspect in updates to the area’s specific plan.

Now is the time for Loyola Corners residents and merchants to weigh in on their neighborhood’s future.

Los Altos officials are in the midst of planning a potential update to the Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan – a document more than 25 years old with numerous requirements that were never implemented. The city will review the plan and possibly amend its policies, zoning regulations and design standards.


Mountain View urges VTA to rethink transportation planning; LA, LAH on board

Officials from the city of Mountain View have coordinated an effort with the mayors and city managers of eight other Santa Clara County cities to urge the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to rethink its approach to transportation planning and focus more on the current and anticipated needs of West Valley and North County communities.

In a letter dated Aug. 27 addressed to VTA Chairman Perry Woodward, representatives from the nine cities requested that VTA take a stronger systems perspective for mass transit and review community-level needs that invest in first- and last-mile transportation strategies. Specifically, they asked VTA to initiate a comprehensive study to develop a systemwide plan, with an initial focus on the changing commuter dynamics of routes 85, 101, 237 and 280, which they claim adversely affect residents and businesses throughout the county.


Bridgework closes portion of Fremont Ave. Friday

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Friday's road closure detours motorists from a portion of Fremont Avenue.

Bridgework in Loyola Corners will close a portion of Fremont Avenue between A Street and Miramonte Avenue this week.


LAH council approves Page Mill Road expansion

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The Los Altos Hills City Council endorsed a plan to widen the congested Page Mill Road to six lanes between the Interstate 280 interchange and Foothill Expressway.

Infamously congested Page Mill Road should be widened to six lanes between the Interstate 280 interchange and Foothill Expressway, the Los Altos Hills City Council decided Thursday night.

It was one of four actions councilmembers approved by a 3-2 vote after the Santa Clara County Transportation Department delivered its latest status report on the ongoing Page Mill Corridor Study. As proposed by Councilman Rich Larsen, the council would also seek to establish communication with Caltrans on the interchange’s contested park-and-ride lot, request that Stanford Research Park accept responsibility for traffic congestion and urge the county to proceed with improvements to the interchange intersection.


Council to review Stevens Creek Trail alternatives this fall

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An illustration accompanying the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study shows various options for connecting the trail from Mountain View to Cupertino.

Public input is now closed on the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study.

More than 900 residents submitted written feedback, according to city of Sunnyvale representative Jennifer Garnett, and at least 300 people attended the three public input meetings held in May and early June.


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