The Midtown Connector Project was identified in the City’s 2012 Bicycle + Pedestrian Transportation Plan to create a much needed east/west bicycle and pedestrian route along the Matadero Creek channel between Highway 101 and Alma Street. The City and Stanford University was awarded $1.5 million from Santa Clara County for an off-street route that would be comfortable for users of all ages and abilities, and provide additional recreation space.
In 2013, the City launched a community engagement process which included a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to help guide the process. Alta Planning + Design was hired by the City to conduct a feasibility study to study the feasibility of a shared-use path along Matadero Creek in addition to on street alternatives.
The Midtown Connector Feasibility study described several potential routes, one of which was a continuous route along the Matadero Creek channel, which was ultimately found to be infeasible due to engineering constraints.
City Council approved the feasibility study in June 2016 and directed staff to study an alternative alignment along Loma Verde Avenue as an alternative, described on page 26 of the study.
Next Steps: Staff will prepare concept plans for a potential route along Loma Verde Ave and return to Council. Staff has reached out to the County regarding the funding, and the County has agreed to allow the $1.5 Million in funding to be used for an alternative facility along Loma Verde Ave.