El Camino Bus Rapid Transit

The El Camino Bus Rapid Transit is the rapid transit connection from downtown Palo Alto through Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara to downtown San Jose.  The BRT alignment runs for 17 miles along El Camino Real (currently State Route 82) from the Palo Alto Transit Center to just north of Portola Avenue, and along The Alameda to the Diridon Caltrain Station near HP Pavilion.   The design features mixed-flow lane segments and dedicated lanes along El Camion Real.

HMH’s role for conceptual engineering is utility investigation and right-of-way mapping.  We researched record utility information and made field investigations to prepare CAD mapping of existing utility record data and field information.  We also researched and mapped existing right-of-way based on record maps and assessor’s parcel maps.


  • Utility Coordination
  • Land Surveying


Palo Alto, CA

Key Facts

  • Client: Parsons
  • Special vehicles equipped with green technology and transit signal priority, where traffic signals stay green as the vehicle approaches intersections.
  • Enhanced stations with attractive shelters and passenger amenities.
  • Utility investigations based upon ASCE Guidelines for utility mapping at Quality Level D and field review of surface visible features.

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