State and Local Policy Database

San José

City Scorecard Rank


San José, CA

62.00Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
3.5 out of 9 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

The Climate Smart San Jose plan includes climate and energy goals for the City of San Jose’s municipal operations.

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

The Climate Smart San Jose plan includes a goal to increase solar capacity on municipal buildings to 86 megawatts by 2050, with interim capacity goals of 11 megawatts by 2021 and 28 megawatts by 2030. The city also has a goal of achieving 100% carbon-free electricity by 2021.

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

San Jose’s Green Fleet Policy guides staff through vehicle procurement and requires consideration of alternative fuel options to reduce carbon emissions.  The City’s current plan is to replace internal combustion engine vehicles in the light duty fleet (except PD & Fire) with EVs as they become due for retirement, if a suitable EV solution exists. San Jose’s upcoming Electric Mobility Roadmap proposed to convert 89 of its non-police sedans that are more than 10 years old in the next two years. Doing so would make 98% of the non-police sedans plug-in electric, and 69% fully electric. San Jose’s municipal fleet is composed of 20.8% efficient vehicles hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles.

Public Lighting

San José’s Department of Transportation follows and references IES’ roadway guide for practice but there is no formal adoption of this or the Model Lighting Ordinance for streetlights or outdoor lighting. The Public Streetlight Design Guide, adopted in February 2011, has a goal to replace 100% of streetlights with zero-emission lighting. Voter approval of Measure T (The Disaster Preparedness, Public Safety and Infrastructure Bond) in November 2018 is allowing the Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Public Works (DPW) to implement a complete conversion of the City’s remaining outdoor lighting inventory to LEDs. In partnership with PG&E, the City’s remaining streetlight inventory of 37,000 lights will be converted by 2021 and the City’s remaining 12,000 outdoor park/facility lights will be converted by 2024. LED lighting and controls upgrades will capture additional energy savings and GHG reductions. This will result in energy savings of more than 50 percent upon completion.

Onsite renewable systems 

San Jose has installed on-site solar systems. The current combined capacity of these systems is 6.5 MW.

Inclusive procurement

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking

San José currently benchmarks 25% of its municipal building square footage, but through the new Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance, the City will be required to benchmark and disclose approximately 92% of municipal buildings that are 5,000 square feet or larger.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The current ESCO agreement scope of work will be completed in 2019. The passage of the Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance will provide an opportunity to create a retrocommissioning strategy. Additionally, one- and five-year Capital Improvement Plans for city facilities managed by the Public Works Department are being developed and will include energy efficiency projects as appropriate. Facility energy and water audits have been performed at the City’s Animal Care Services facility and City Hall.

Public Workforce Development

San José has an alternative work schedule policy for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 9 out of 16 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of San José formally adopted the Climate Smart San José plan in 2018.

Last updated: July 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The Climate Smart San José plan established greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, with interim reduction goals of 4% by 2021, 28% by 2025, 36% by 2030, and 70% by 2040. Based on ACEEE’s analysis of past years emissions data, ACEEE projects that the city will meet its near-term community-wide GHG emissions reduction goal. 

San José’s most recent greenhouse gas inventory accounts for 2017 emissions. The previous inventory includes results from 2014 and updated results from the 2008 inventory. 

Energy Reduction Goal

Climate Smart San José established an additional goal to reduce household energy consumption from 14,988 kWh in 2017 to 5,704 kWh by 2050, with interim reduction goals of 10,626 kWh by 2030 and 6,547 kWh by 2040.

Previously, the San José Green Vision plan established a goal to reduce per capita energy use 50% by 2022.

Renewable Energy Goal

San José has a goal to install 1,430 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity by 2050, passing the 1 GW mark in 2038, as stated in the Climate Smart San José plan. The plan also includes an interim goal of having 668 MW of renewable energy generation capacity by 2030.

San José Clean Energy, a community choice aggregator that serves over 98% of San José customers, has a goal of achieving 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2021 and 100% renewable electricity by 2050. Currently, SJCE's default service includes 80% carbon free electricity (45% renewable). 

Energy Data Reporting

The city reports community-wide energy emissions data in its greenhouse gas inventory.

This section applies only to community-wide energy data reporting. For information on data reporting due to building energy benchmarking and disclosure policies, click on the Buildings tab.

Last updated: September 2020

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagaement

While developing the Climate Smart San José plan, the city conducted 38 community meetings and events in Spanish-speaking and Vietnamese-speaking neighborhoods. Environmental Services partnered with the nonprofit organization, Mothers Out Front, to hold a Spanish-language outreach event to publicize Climate Smart to Spanish-speaking residents of San José.

While not providing an opportunity to directly engage and receive feedback with marginalized communities, the city also pursued several outreach strategies targeting such communities. Examples include trilingual surveys and advertisements, energy-efficiency and recycling trainings held in Spanish, and LED light bulb distributions in underserved communities.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

At this time, the city has not yet created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan. However, the city has plans to convene a Climate Smart Social/Racial Equity Council for the first time in 2020.

Accountability to Equity

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups. The city is in the process of developing goals and metrics for future programs.

Several sections of the Climate Smart San José plan include “Access to Low Income Communities” as a focus area with several qualitative goals. However, we could not determine if these were time-limited or included specific methods for tracking progress. 

Last updated: July 2020

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

The city has not adopted a formal policy, rule, or agreement that supports the creation of clean distributed energy systems.

Last updated: March 2020

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

UHI Mitigation Goal

The city’s Green Vision plan includes a goal to plant 100,000 new trees by 2022.

UHI Policies and Programs

San José passed two policies pertaining to low-impact development requirements. Policy 6-29 requires new and redevelopment projects that create or replace 5,000 square feet or more of impervious surfaces must incorporate low impact development techniques. Policy 8-14 requires that projects that are both greater than one acre in size and in proximity to creeks ensure post-development flow rates are equal or less than pre-development flow rates.

San José's Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan provides guidance for implementing green stormwater infrastructure such as permeable pavements in municipal projects. 

The city has also adopted requirements for the protection of private trees.

Last updated: July 2020

Buildings Policies
Score: 23 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of San Jose adheres to California’s energy code. The city adopted a benchmarking ordinance covering buildings larger than 20,000 square feet. The city offers several incentives and financing programs for energy efficiency and solar projects. San Jose requires building owners perform to perform energy-saving actions.

Last Updated: September 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All


The State of California allows its local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes that are more stringent than the mandatory state codes. Title 24 outlines all California building codes. Title 24, Part 6 includes the California Energy Code and the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES). Title 24, Part 11 includes the California Green Building Code. The 2016 codes exceed the 2015 IECC standards and ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2013. To learn more about California’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.


On September 17, 2019, San José adopted a Reach Code that will apply to new multi-family, hotel, and commercial building construction starting January 1, 2020, using the EDR compliance pathway (see explination below under Residential). Under San José ’s Reach Code, all new multi-family, hotel, motel, and non-residential construction must meet California Base Code all-electric efficiency requirements.  Mixed-fuel construction must meet a 14% energy performance “compliance margin” above the Base Code, Industrial/Manufacturing facilities 0% compliance margin, and all others 6% compliance margin above the Base Code. All mixed-fuel building types must include electrification readiness. Additionally, a policy prohibiting natural gas in newly constructed municipal buildings (Gas Ban) was adopted by the San José City Council (Council) on October 29, 2019. City staff also received direction from the Council to provide an analysis and recommendation for requiring electrification of all wood frame construction up to seven stories in early 2020.  

In addition, San José’s Climate Emergency Resolution, adopted September 17, 2019, commits the city to pursuing a goal of prohibiting natural gas in new construction projects citywide by January 1, 2023.

The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 51.7.


Residential properties comply with the San Jose Reach Code. In 2019, California energy codes (Title 24) adopted the Energy Design Rating (EDR) compliance pathway. EDR is similar to ERI in that the reference home is a score of 100 with every percentage of energy reduced representing a score reduction of one point; for more information please visit RESNET. Under San José’s Reach Code, all new residential construction for single-family (includes one and two-dwelling units), low-rise multifamily, and detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) must meet all-electric efficiency requirements of the 2019 California Building Energy Code (Base Code), or mixed-fuel must meet a minimum 10 point EDR reduction from the Base Code with electrification readiness. A hardship exemption may be provided for permanent supportive housing and housing built for 30% local area median income.

Additionally, a policy prohibiting natural gas (Gas Ban - attached) in new low-rise residential construction was adopted by the San José City Council on October 29, 2019. The Gas Ban overrides the mixed-fuel efficiency requirements for single-family, ADUs, and low-rise multi-family buildings. City staff also received direction from the Council to provide an analysis and recommendation for requiring electrification of all wood frame construction up to seven stories in early 2020.  

The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 59.6.

Solar- and EV-ready

San José adheres to the 2019 California Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Buildings, which requires solar photovoltaic systems for new homes. Additionally, San José’s Reach Code requires solar readiness for all building types, covering those building types that weren’t covered by 2019 Standards.  

San José's Reach Code also includes EV requirements that apply to new residential, multifamily, and commercial building construction starting January 1, 2020. New single-family and ADUs must provide 1 EV Ready space per dwelling. New low-rise and high-rise multi-family residential must provide 10% Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), 20% EV Ready, and 70% EV Capable of all parking spaces required by Code (spaces). Hotel/Motel must provide 10% EVSE, and 50% EV Capable spaces. All new non-residential construction must provide 10% EVSE and 40% EV Capable spaces.    

Low-energy use requirements

Council Policy 6-32 requires commercial projects of more than 25,000 square feet but less than 75 feet in height to be LEED Silver certified. Residential developments less than 10 units are required to complete a GreenPoint or LEED Checklist. Residential developments greater than 10 units are required to be GreenPoint Rated at 50 points or be LEED Certified. 

Last Updated: September 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

San Jose does not have staff solely dedicated to energy code compliance. The city enforces Title 24 code compliance through mandatory plan reviews and inspection and requires third-party verification. San Jose provides workshops on the building codes including the energy efficiency requirements. 

Last Updated: September 2020

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

Commercial and multifamily benchmarking

California Assembly Bill (AB) 802 requires the owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet to benchmark energy usage. San Jose's Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance requires all privately owned buildings over 20,000 square feet to benchmark energy usage. 

Cross-cutting requirements

The Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance requires owners of low-performing buildings greater than 20,000 square feet to conduct an energy audit or to perform retrofitting or retrocommissioning of the building.


Commercial and residential property owners may access property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency improvements and solar installations.

Through the Affordable Housing Investment Plan, the city offers priority financing for developers incorporating green building features into affordable housing units.

Voluntary programs

San Jose runs the Climate Smart Challenge, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in 25 large commercial or higher educational buildings totaling at least 5 million square feet.

Last Update: September 2020

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

In 2014 the City’s workforce development arm, Work2Future, was awarded $900,000 as part of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act to train young adults from disadvantaged populations in core construction and place them in pre-apprenticeship programs. After initial success the City was awarded an additional $470,000 in 2017, totaling $1,370,000. Since 2017 the program has trained 276 young adults from the target populations, with an 82 percent job placement rate, including 108 graduates placed in union apprenticeships in carpentry, electrical, and sheet metal. In 2018, 33 have enrolled to date and 25 have graduated. In 2018, training takes place on the campus of San José City College.

Thirty-two percent of the young adults served are female and fifteen percent are veteran; both ratios are significantly higher than those seen in local industry. Additionally, 57 of the graduates were formerly homeless and have transitioned into stable housing through the support of the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing.

Last Update: September 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 11.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

San José Clean Energy, or SJCE, is San José’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) electricity supplier, providing residents and businesses with clean energy. Operated by the City of San José's Community Energy Department, SJCE helps the city to meet its goals in the Climate Smart San José plan. The San José City Council unanimously voted to create SJCE in May 2017 and launched service in February 2019.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary gas and electric distribution and transmission utility and energy efficiency provider serving the City of San José. The State of California requires spending and savings targets for its utilities through an EERS and requires local government-utility partnerships through mandate by the California PUC. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the California page of the State Database.

There are three water retailers in San Jose: the San Jose Municipal Water System, which is municipally run, and the San Jose Water Company and Great Oaks Water Company, which are privately owned. The Santa Clara Valley Water District is the region’s water wholesaler. All of the retailers above provide drinking water services to San Jose. The San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility treats the region’s approximately 113 million gallons of wastewater daily. Approximately 13% of treated wastewater is recycled where it is distributed to 750 customers for use in cooling towers and landscape irrigation. The San Jose Water and Sewer Utilities manages the stormwater for the city.

Last Updated: May 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, PG&E reported 1,287,988 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.61% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only San Jose. In 2018, PG&E spent $363,338,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 2.67% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, PG&E reported 29.97 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.58% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, PG&E spent $294,599,628 on energy efficiency, which equates to $69.47 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover PG&E’s entire service jurisdiction, not just the City of San Jose.

PG&E offers electric and natural gas efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers.

San José has been a Local Government Partner (LGP) with PG&E to promote and administer the Silicon Valley Energy Watch (SVEW) since 2004, which serves a total of fourteen jurisdictions located in Santa Clara County. The purpose of the program is to deliver innovative and comprehensive energy efficiency services and outreach to hard-to-reach customers, specifically local governments, nonprofits, small- and medium-sized businesses. SVEW's overarching goal is to ensure that its targeted customers take advantage of the range of audits, rebates, and technical support that are offered through utility programs.

In mid-2018, PG&E announced that the LGPs will shift focus to solely public sector customers, defined as local, state, or federal government buildings, special districts or buildings in K-12 or higher education, starting in 2019. This move was driven by recent California Public Utilities Commission direction to outsource more of its portfolio and increase cost effectiveness over the next couple of years.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

PG&E offers the Energy Savings Assistance Program to qualified low-income residential customers. The program provides direct installation of lighting efficiency upgrades, HVAC tune-ups, smart power strips, and refrigerator recycling/replacement in order to reduce energy consumption in low-income households. This program is implemented statewide by investor-owned utilities under the direction of the California Public Utilities Commission. It leverages the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Low-Income Weatherization Program offerings. San José only contributes indirectly as a customer of PG&E by paying the public goods charge which funds these programs. Recognizing the value of these programs, especially as they relate to the success of Climate Smart San José, San José promotes them here.

In 2018, PG&E achieved energy savings of 60,217 MWh and 4.91 MMtherms, while spending $73,500,000 and $51,000,000 on its electric and natural gas low-income programs, respectively. PG&E served 85,168 electric and natural gas customers with its low-income program in 2018.

The City of San José partners with the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) to implement the Low-Income Weatherization Program for Large Multi-Family, which targets disadvantaged communities. AEA is planning to utilize funds from the City’s heat pump water heater rebate program, Electrify San José, to electrify a 86-unit low-income apartment building.

Multifamily Programs

PG&E offers the California New Homes Multifamily Program, Multifamily Upgrade Program, and Multifamily Cooling Optimizer Program. California New Homes Multifamily Program provides support and incentives for multifamily new construction projects to encourage builders to exceed California’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards. The Multifamily Upgrade Program promotes and facilitates energy-efficient retrofits of existing multifamily buildings” through technical support and incentives. The Multifamily Cooling Optimizer Program is a direct install program focused on HVAC measures in tenant spaces.

In 2018, PG&E achieved energy savings of 5,035 MWh and 0.23 MMtherms, while spending $15,344,728 on its electric and natural gas multifamily programs, respectively. PG&E served 25 electric units and 10 natural gas units with its multifamily program in 2018.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

PG&E's provides automated benchmarking services through Portfolio Manager to multitenant commercial and multifamily properties. The City of San José has a data sharing agreement with PG&E, and the City also advocates for policy improvements directly to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on an annual basis.

Last Updated: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, PG&E provided $16,817,792 in incentives for the installation of 14,610 kW of new distributed solar systems, equating to $1,151/kW installed. PG&E offered multiple incentive programs in 2018, including Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH), Single Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH), New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP), Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), and California Solar Initiative Thermal (CSI-Thermal). Through the CSI-Thermal program, PG&E provided $4,968,801 in incentives for the energy savings of 223,460 therms, equating to $22.24/therm.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

San José Clean Energy (SJCE) supplies power to the majority of San José residents and businesses, nearly 330,000 customers (less than 1.5% of customers opted to remain with PG&E). The 2019 power mix for SJCE’s default service, GreenSource, supplies customers with 45% renewable and 80% carbon-free electricity. Customers can also upgrade to TotalGreen to power their home or business with 100% renewable and carbon-free energy. As of October 2019, about 1,100 customers are signed up for TotalGreen. SJCE intends to enter into power purchase agreements with developers of wind and solar plants who will build new plants to fulfill the agreements with SJCE and plans to offer 100% GHG-free power as a base product no later than 2021.

Last Updated: May 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The San José Municipal Water System offers free water fixtures for its San Jose customers, including showerheads and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, and has also started to partner with PG&E to increase conservation efforts. Silicon Valley Energy Watch includes information on water conservation in its Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkit. Residents who check out a kit may keep low-flow faucet aerators, a low-flow showerhead, and water leak detection tablets. PG&E also offers rebates for high-efficiency commercial dishwashers.

San José Municipal Water System (Muni Water) continues to implement water efficiency practices and new technologies that meet and exceed its water savings goals for multiple agencies and programs. For example, Muni Water has already met and exceeded its California SB-X7-7 2020 goal of 145 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) by reaching 126 GPCD in 2015. This is monitored and tracked through each retailer's Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). Muni Water is also actively working towards reaching California’s recently passed AB-1668 bill calling for an indoor residential water usage of 50 GPCD in 2030. Muni Water is working towards that goal in conjunction with Climate Smart San José, which sets the residential GPCD target to 42 GPCD by 2030. Water-efficient practices continue to remain in place and new technologies are being implemented to continue the reduction of water use to meet these goals.

San José Municipal Water System continues to implement its enhanced water conservation outreach efforts. San Jose’s General Plan also outlines specific water savings targets, which include reducing citywide per capita water consumption by 25% by 2040 below 2010 levels and achieving 50 million gallons per day of water conservation savings in San Jose, by reducing water use and increasing water-use efficiency by 2040.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

Although there is not an energy efficiency goal established for municipal water service operations, the wastewater utility has implemented a number of energy efficiency measures, including installing more efficient fine bubble diffusers in its aeration tanks, as well as practicing pulsed, or episodic aeration, both of which significantly reduce energy demands for the aeration process. The wastewater utility has also installed LED streetlights throughout its 170-acre campus, and it continues to evaluate additional energy conservation measures. In addition, the wastewater utility is undergoing a $1.4 billion, 10-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP has plans to invest in energy efficiency projects including $36.4 million aeration tanks rehabilitation and blower improvement projects which will reduce up to 40% of kWh and $1 million annually in secondary treatment once these projects are completed.

The wastewater utility self-generates approximately 60% of its energy needs through the capture and use of digester gas. In addition, the wastewater facility captures waste heat from the engines to keep digesters warm for the optimal operation of the digestion process, adding to overall energy efficiency.

Last Updated: June 2020

Score: 15 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the City of San Jose is The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. VTA also provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus and light rail service. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses San Jose, and the cities and towns in the Bay Area. The San Jose Department of Transportation is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All


Sustainable Transportation Plan

The Circulation Element of the Envision San José 2040 General Plan includes a set of balanced, long-range, multimodal transportation goals, policies, and actions that provide for a transportation network that is safe, efficient, and sustainable. Since its adoption in 2011, the General Plan has gone through annual amendments and a Four-Year Review in 2016. One of the General Plan amendments in 2018 is to reflect the update of the Transportation Analysis Policy to shift the City’s CEQA transportation standard from a congestion-based Level of Service (LOS) to VMT. This Transportation Analysis Policy is part of the multi-prong strategy to reduce VMT, to reduce energy consumption, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to create a healthier community.

VMT/GHG Targets and Stringency

In the Envision San José 2040 General Plan, San José maintains a goal to reduce the amount of VMT per service population per day in 2040 by 40% relative to the 2009 levels. This is equivalent to a 1.3% reduction in VMT annually.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

San Jose does not track progress towards a VMT/GHG target.

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

The Envision San José 2040 General Plan includes a Focused Growth and Form Based Planning Major Strategy that focuses new growth in a compact and mixed-use format to support the development of new urban neighborhoods that maximize the use of transit systems within the region.

Residential Parking Policies

The current zoning code has a separate set of minimum parking rate requirements for downtown that are lower than the rest of the City. In addition, for development projects that meet certain conditions regarding such as transportation demand management (TDM), public parking sharing, and location in growth areas, the number of required parking spaces can be reduced by up to 100% in the downtown area and up to 50% in the rest of the city.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

San José updated its Transportation Analysis Policy in February 2018 to shift its CEQA transportation standard from level of service to VMT. To incentivize compact and infill mixed-use development, San José developed a user-friendly VMT Evaluation Tool ( that developers and consultants can use to estimate the VMT levels of their projects in advance of their applications. The tool includes a total of 27 VMT-reducing strategies for developers to select to reduce the VMT levels of their projects, including project density, mix of uses, and intersection density, etc. Additionally, a set of screening criteria were developed under which development projects are not required to prepare a detailed CEQA transportation analysis, thereby facilitating the project’s environmental review. These screening criteria include requirements related to project density, location in planned growth areas, and affordable housing, etc.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

The Envision San José 2040 General Plan includes the following targets: no more than 40% drive-alone, at least 10% by carpool, at least 20% by transit, at least 15% by bicycle, at least 15% on foot.

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

San Jose does not track progress towards its mode shift target.

Complete Streets

San Jose does not currently have a complete streets policy.

Car Sharing

San José’s Master Marking Rate Resolution includes a Car Share Parking Pilot Program, implemented since March 14, 2016, which provides dedicated on-street and off-street parking for carshare vehicles..

Bike Sharing

The city has 38.64 docked bike share bikes per 100,000 people.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

San Jose spends an average of $167.84 per capita on transit.

Access to Transit Services

The city has an All Transit Performance score of 7.2 out of 10.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

At this time, San Jose does not offer incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles.

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

PG&E offers incentives for both public and private EV charging infrastructure through its EV Charge Network program

EV Charging Locations

San Jose has 12.65 publicly available EV charging locations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

San Jose does not have any incentives for renewable EV charging infrastructure installation.

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight System EfficiencyList All

San José does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency

Last Updated: March 2019

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

San José updated its Transportation Analysis Policy in February 2018 to shift its CEQA transportation standard from LOS to VMT. To incentivize affordable housing in transit priority areas and areas identified for compact and infill mixed-use development, the policy includes affordable housing as a major VMT-reducing strategy that developers can select to reduce their potential VMT impacts. The policy also includes affordable housing as one of the screening criteria for a detailed CEQA transportation analysis, and as a potential overriding consideration for significant and unavoidable transportation impacts.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

San José's bike share program, Ford GoBike, offers a low-income discount for residents earning at or less than 200% of the federal poverty level. This low-income discount program is called "Bike Share 4 All" and reduces the $149 annual membership fee to $5 for the first year and $5 per month following that.

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

34.4% of low-income households (those that earn less than $50k annually) are located near high-quality, all-day transit in San Jose.     

Last Updated: April 2019