Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Light rail on 4th of July and more

On 4th of July, VTA will provide special light rail service to the fireworks at Discovery Meadows in Downtown San Jose.

Children's Discovery Museum station will be closed that day. The nearest station to the event site is Convention Center.

From noon til 5:30pm, light rail between Winchester and Convention Center will run every 15 minutes.

From 5:30pm, Alum Rock-Santa Teresa line will run every 10 minutes. Mountain View-Winchester line will be split into two segments. In the north end, passengers boarding between Mountain View and Champion stations will have to transfer at Baypointe to the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa line to get to downtown San Jose. That line will run every 20 minutes.

In the south end, trains will run between Winchester and San Fernando stations. Passengers to downtown San Jose can walk or transfer to a bus bridge. That segment will run every 15 minutes.

This operating plan is in many ways similar to (and is as confusing as) the plan for the San Jose Grand Prix two years ago. The only major difference is that the Grand Prix required the closure of light rail tracks in downtown.

Right after the 4th of July weekend, Ohlone/Chynoweth station will be closed for platform retrofit, the current bus bridge from Almaden will cover Ohlone/Chynoweth and will be extended to Capitol to connect with the light rail.

Santa Teresa Station temporary platform

In preparation of the light rail retrofit at Santa Teresa station, workers are constructing a temporary plywood platform between the tail tracks just south of the current platform. Santa Teresa is to remain open throughout the retrofit construction.

Capitol light Rail station

Capitol light rail station features a fancy set up of ramps and steps connecting the escalators and elevator, which all remained on their original location at their original level.

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