This is the second phase of bus stop improvements in the area. An earlier phase included upgrades for 26 bus stops along King Road in San Jose.
Stops selected for the second phase follow bus routes along Story Road, which sees the some of the highest ridership in the area, according to the VTA.
The 18 bus stops scheduled for improvements are between King and White roads in east San Jose. Another three stops in south San Jose will also be upgraded.
VTA officials said they will try to create temporary stops for passengers during construction, but that it is not always possible to do so and that riders should use nearby stops in the interim.
Improvements include some combination of upgrading solar lighting, installing new benches, adding new trash cans, putting in concrete pads for buses and expanding passenger loading pads, according to the VTA.
All of the work is scheduled for completion in November. The VTA estimates that the total cost will be less than $188,000, paid for by a Federal Transit Administration grant.