February 25, 2014 > VTA begins work on Light Rail Pocket Track by LeviÕs Stadium
VTA begins work on Light Rail Pocket Track by LeviÕs Stadium
Submitted By Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has begun work on the Santa Clara Pocket Track, a third light rail track on Tasman Drive. This additional track will allow VTA to store light rail trains and put them into service quickly to meet increased service demands due to special events and the beginning of local BART service.
During upcoming special events at LeviÕs Stadium, and when local BART service begins in late 2017, VTA will be able to store three 3-car trains on the pocket track. These trains can then be deployed quickly to pick up passengers and take them on their way, allowing VTA to provide a pleasant, quick and efficient experience to riders.
ÒThis will be of tremendous value to our customers, and will result in people getting to and from this area more smoothly, especially when thereÕs a special event taking place at LeviÕs Stadium,Ó said Mark Robinson, Chief Engineering & Construction Officer.
Beginning February 13 at 9 p.m., construction crews started putting down K-rail, a cement barrier that will narrow Tasman to one lane westbound between Old Ironsides and Patrick Henry for about three months. This will allow crews to relocate sewer and storm water lines and perform other construction-related activities. Once that work is complete, the K-rail will be shifted to allow crews to work on the track in the median. The sidewalk on the north side of Tasman Drive will also be closed; however, pedestrians can still use the sidewalk on the south side of Tasman Drive, opposite construction.
In addition, west of Patrick Henry Drive, K-rail will be placed to allow utility and track work to commence. Traffic on Tasman Drive will also be reduced to one lane westbound in this area.
The pocket track is expected to be completed in August.
For more information, contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300; TTY (408) 321-2330. You can also log onto www.vta.org and sign-up to receive VTA email updates.