San Jose Transportation

San Jose TransportationAs the third most populous city in California, San Jose boasts a well developed transportation network to accommodate more than nearly 1 million residents and millions of visitors. San Jose's transportation system is naturally intertwined with the San Francisco Bay Area. Interstate 280 links San Jose directly with San Francisco while Interstate 880 offers a direct route into Oakland. Interstate 680 leads to some of the northeastern parts of the Bay Area such as Concord and Pleasanton. These three short highways essentially form a convenient network for navigating the major parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Running for about 810 miles, U.S. Route 101 cuts through the heart of San Jose and offers a scenic ride along most of California's Pacific Coast and also leads to the Los Angeles area. Running about 15 miles east of San Jose, Interstate 5 stretches between northern Washington state and southern California. I-5 offers a direct drive to major cities in California such as Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego. Additionally, Interstate 5 leads to Portland and Seattle, the largest cities in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Public transit in San Jose is provided by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The VTA operates more than 80 total bus routes throughout San Jose other suburbs within Santa Clara County. The bus service is categorized into Community Service, Regular Service, Express Service and Limited Stop Service. The VTA also offers convenient service through 3 light rail lines. The light rail network consists of the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa, Mountainview-Winchester and Almaden-Ohlone/Chynoweth service. The VTA light rail lines are named after suburban communities. The rapid transit lines stop at major stations throughout San Jose such as Civic Center, Japantown/Ayer, St. James and the Convention Center.

The Mountainview-Winchester line stops at the Diridon Station, the main rail hub in San Jose. This train station is served by the Amtrak Coast Starlight and Capitol Corridor lines. Additionally, Diridon Station is served by the Caltrain commuter service to San Francisco.

The Norman Y. Mineta International Airport welcomes more than 8 million passengers each year into San Jose. This airport is one of the three major airports in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mineta International Airport offers direct flights to more than ten cities throughout the United States thanks to carriers such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines. The Metro/Airport station near the airport is served by the Mountainview-Winchester line and Alum Rock-Santa Teresa line. The VTA Route 10 (Airport Flyer) offers service between the Metro/Airport station and the terminal buildings at San Jose International Airport.