Santa Clara VTA to extend Vasona light rail to Los Gatos

21 November 2012 (Last Updated November 21st, 2012 18:30)

The move is part of the Vasona light rail project, which has already extended the light rail service from downtown San Jose to Campbell.

Vasona light rail project

The move is part of the Vasona light rail project, which has already extended the light rail service from downtown San Jose to Campbell.

The first phase of the project, which included a 5.3-mile track and eight stations from downtown San Jose to the Campbell Winchester station, was opened in 2005.

Work under the new $175m proposed extension project will be carried out in two phases, based on funding availability.

The first phase would include the construction of a double set of light rail tracks, expansion of parking capacity and provision of pedestrian access at Winchester Station, a new Vasona Junction Station, and a park and ride lot.

Under the second phase, a new Hacienda Light Rail Station will be built along with an optional park and ride lot.

"Work under the new $175m proposed extension project will be carried out in two phases, based on funding availability."

The project will also include lengthening six existing station platforms along the Vasona Corridor alignment at Winchester, Campbell, Hamilton, Bascom, Fruitdale and Race.

VTA has prepared a supplemental draft environmental impact report/environmental assessment (SEIR/EA) that will provide design changes to the project, which was previously approved in 2000 and also reveal the environmental impacts of those design changes.

Upon completion of the project, travel times from the Vasona Junction Station to the San Jose Convention Center Station will be around 22 minutes and it is expected to transport around 1,600 riders a day.


Image: The existing Mountain View to Winchester light rail line will be extended by 1.6 miles from the Campbell Winchester Station to Los Gatos.