Committee approves recommendations to help businesses during VTA

SAN JOSE (BCN) — The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority may provide assistance to small businesses located on Alum Rock Avenue if the VTA Board of Directors adopt a set of recommendations approved by the VTA’s Administration and Finance Committee, city officials announced Friday.

The committee approved the recommendations during their monthly meeting Thursday, according to city officials.

The recommendations will be next considered at the VTA Board of Director’s meeting on Nov. 5., city officials said.

The recommendations would assist businesses that can demonstrate a loss of revenue during construction for the Bus Rapid Transit project on Alum Rock Avenue in East San Jose, city officials said.

Recommendations include exploring the leasing of private land for public parking to assist the affected businesses, as well as posting site-specific signage at each construction site identifying the adjacent business, among other recommendations.

Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilwoman Magadlena Carrasco authored the recommendations. Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Gilroy Councilman Perry Woodward served as co-authors, city officials said.

“I was glad to learn that the Administration and Finance Committee unanimously approved our recommendations,” Liccardo said. “It’s critical that we move forward quickly to assist businesses impacted by the extended construction on Alum Rock.”

The Bus Rapid Transit Project would provide about seven miles of rapid transit service from downtown San Jose to the Eastridge Transit Center.

Construction for the project began in February 2014 and is scheduled to be completed sometime in late 2016, according to the VTA.

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