Orange Line (VTA)

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Orange Line (VTA) Orange Line
VTA Light Rail (Aug 8, 2019).jpg
A VTA light rail train at Mountain View station
Overview
TypeLight rail
SystemSanta Clara VTA Light Rail
LocaleSanta Clara County, California
Cities: Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Milpitas
TerminiMountain View station
Alum Rock station
Stations26
Operation
Operator(s)Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Rolling stockKinki Sharyo light rail vehicles (low floor)
Technical
Line length15.8 miles (25.4 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
ElectrificationOverhead lines, 750 V DC
Highest elevationat grade, elevated, underground
Route map

Mountain View
Caltrain
closed
2015
Whisman
Middlefield
Bayshore/NASA
Mountain View
Sunnyvale
Moffett Park
Lockheed Martin
Borregas
Crossman
Fair Oaks
Vienna
Reamwood
Sunnyvale
Santa Clara
Old Ironsides
Green Line (VTA)
Great America
Green Line (VTA)
Great America (Amtrak/ACE)
Lick Mill
Amtrak Altamont Corridor Express Green Line (VTA)
Santa Clara
San Jose
Champion
Green Line (VTA)
Baypointe
Blue Line (VTA)
Cisco Way
San Jose
Milpitas
Alder
Parking
Great Mall
Parking
Bay Area Rapid Transit Milpitas (opens 2020)
Milpitas
Milpitas
San Jose
Cropley
Hostetter
Parking
Berryessa
Penitencia Creek
Parking
McKee
Alum Rock
Parking
(2025)
(2025)

The Orange Line is a light rail line in Santa Clara County, California, and part of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail system. It serves 26 stations in the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Milpitas, traveling between Mountain View and Alum Rock stations. The line connects to Great America, Levi's Stadium, and in the future will connect to the Milpitas BART station. It runs for 20 hours per day on weekdays, with headways of 15 minutes for most of the day. On weekends, train run at 20 minute headways for most of the day. After around 8pm on weekdays and weekends trains run at 30 minute headways.

Route description[edit]

The Orange Line starts from the Downtown Mountain View station in Mountain View, California, travels toward the east, passing under U.S. Route 101 at Ellis Avenue, following Mathilda Avenue to Java Drive, crossing State Route 237 and turning east on Tasman Drive, which eventually becomes Capitol Avenue. For the rest of the trip the line follows Capitol Avenue until it reaches its eastern terminus, the Alum Rock Transit Center.

Construction history[edit]

The route that the Orange Line now runs on is constructed in three different expansion projects: the original Guadalupe line, the Tasman West extension, and the Vasona extension.

Guadalupe line[edit]

The trackway between Old Ironsides station and First Street is part of the Guadalupe line, the first light rail line constructed in Santa Clara county. The Guadalupe line opened for revenue service on December 10, 1987 originally running from Old Ironsides station to Civic Center station in San Jose. Champion station was not part of the original line; it was added as intermediate stop as part of the Tasman West project.[1][2]

Tasman West extension[edit]

The Tasman West extension project was constructed with funds from 1996 Measure B sales tax measure. Champion station was the first to open as an infill stop along the existing Guadalupe line trackway, opening March 24, 1997.[3] On December 17, 1999, 7.6 miles (12.2 km) of trackway and 12 new light rail stations added between the existing Old Ironsides station and the new Downtown Mountain View station. On the same day, Baypointe station opened just east of the intersection of 1st and Tasman.

Tasman East/Capitol extension[edit]

The first phase of the Tasman East extension opened in May 2001 between Baypointe and I-880/Milpitas stations.[4][5]

On June 24, 2004, the 8.3-mile (13.4-km) Tasman East/Capitol extension was opened, incorporating 8 new stations. This extension runs from the I-880/Milpitas station east along the Great Mall Parkway in Milpitas, then into East San Jose on Capitol Avenue to Alum Rock Transit Center on Alum Rock Avenue. This extension brings service to the Great Mall of the Bay Area in Milpitas. The total cost of this extension was $432.9 million.[5]

Light Rail Efficiency Project[edit]

In 2014, a new storage track and crossover was constructed between Old Ironsides and Reamwood as part of improvements to support events at Levi's Stadium and the future Silicon Valley BART extension.[6]

To provide better headways and service reliability, a second track was constructed between Whisman and Downtown Mountain View. Work began in summer 2014 and was completed in late 2015. Evelyn Station was permanently closed in mid-March 2015 as part of track construction.[7]

2019 reconfiguration[edit]

Ahead of the opening of the Silicon Valley BART extension to Berryessa / North San Jose, the Orange Line was created. Starting in early 2019, station signage was changed reflect the new configuration, displaying line colors rather than terminus icons.[8]

Station stops[edit]

Station Transfer to
Downtown Mountain View
  • Caltrain Caltrain
  • VTA Bus: 21, 40, 51, 52
  • Mountain View Shuttle: Grey Route, Red Route
  • MVgo Shuttle: East Bayshore, West Bayshore
  • Caltrain Shuttle: Duane Avenue
Evelyn (closed)
Whisman
Middlefield
  • VTA Bus: 21, Express 185
  • MVgo Shuttle: East Whisman
Bayshore/NASA
Moffett Park
Lockheed Martin
  • VTA Bus: 56, Express 121, Express 122, Rapid 523
  • ACE Shuttle: Red
Borregas
  • VTA Bus: 56, Express 121, Express 122
  • ACE Shuttle: Red
Crossman
  • VTA Bus: 56, Express 121, Express 122
  • ACE Shuttle: Red
Fair Oaks
  • VTA Bus: 56
Vienna
Reamwood
  • VTA Bus: 55, Express 121
Old Ironsides
Great America
Lick Mill
Champion
Baypointe
  • Blue Line (VTA) Blue Line
  • VTA Bus: 59
  • ACE Shuttle: Brown, Purple
Cisco Way
  • ACE Shuttle: Purple
Alder
  • VTA Bus: 44, Express 181
  • ACE Shuttle: Purple
Great Mall
  • VTA Bus: 66
Milpitas
  • VTA Bus: 20, 44, 47, 60, 66, 70, 77, Express 104
  • AC Transit: 217
Cropley
Hostetter
  • VTA Bus: 70, School 270
Berryessa
  • VTA Bus: 61, Express 104
Penitencia Creek
  • VTA Bus: Express 104
McKee
  • VTA Bus: 64A, 64B
Alum Rock
  • VTA Bus: 23, 25, Rapid 522

Proposed Capitol Expressway extension[edit]

Proposed stations for Capitol Expressway Light Rail Extension (2005) 
  •  Existing stations 
  •  Proposed new stations 
  •  Proposed future infill station 

1
Alum Rock
2
Story
3
Ocala/Cunningham
4
Eastridge (intermodal, VTA buses)
5
Nieman
6
Silver Creek
7
Senter
8
Monterey (intermodal, Caltrain)
9
Vista Park
10
Capitol

VTA have proposed a future extension to this line running along the median of Capitol Expressway to connect with the Blue Line's Capitol Station at Route 87. Under the 2005 Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), an initial operating segment would extend from Alum Rock, terminating at Eastridge.[9]:1-8 Phase 1 of the Capitol Expressway extension would include new light rail stations at Story Road and VTA's Eastridge Transit Center, extending the line 2.4 miles (3.9 km) south from Alum Rock.[10] Actual construction remains contingent on funding availability.[11] An earlier version of the project also included a station at Ocala as part of Phase 1,[12] but the Ocala station was eliminated in 2014.[13]

Phase 2 of the extension would complete a loop to the existing Capitol station. As originally proposed in the 2005 FEIR, the original proposed extension included several new stations along the extension to State Route 87. Phase 2 would also include an intermediate connection to Caltrain at Monterey Road. Stations studied for the extension included:[9]:1-8, 3-11

  1. Alum Rock (existing)
  2. Story Rd – Phase 1
  3. Ocala/Cunningham Ave (Park and Ride) – Phase 1
  4. Eastridge Mall (Park and Ride) – Phase 1
  5. Nieman Blvd – Phase 2
  6. Silver Creek Rd – optional infill station to follow Phase 2
  7. McLaughlin Ave – Phase 2
  8. Senter Rd – Phase 2
  9. Monterey Rd – Phase 2
  10. Vista Park Dr (Park and Ride) – Phase 2
  11. Capitol – rebuild existing station to include SR 87, Park and Ride features for Phase 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Bert (December 11, 1987). "All Aboard - It's Off and Rolling". San Jose Mercury News. et al. Sec A:1.
  2. ^ Grant, Joanne (November 6, 1987). "Mishap Won't Delay Light Rail". San Jose Mercury News. Sec B:3.
  3. ^ Barnacle, Betty (March 24, 1997). "Light Rail Opens New Stop; First Station on Tasman Line to Serve North S.J. High-Tech Firms". San Jose Mercury News. Sec B:1.
  4. ^ "VTA Facts: Light Rail System" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2006-11-30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  5. ^ a b "Tasman East/Capitol Project Description". Completed projects. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  6. ^ "Light Rail Efficiency". Light Rail Efficiency. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mountain View Double Track". Mountain View Double Track. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "Downtown Mountain View station". Mapillary. February 27, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Capitol Expressway Corridor: Final Environmental Impact Report (Report). 1. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. April 2005. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  10. ^ "1: Executive Summary". Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report-2 (PDF) (Report). 1. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Fact Sheet: Eastridge to BART Regional Connector - Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Capitol Expressway Light Rail to Eastridge". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. June 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  13. ^ Jaworski, Christine (May 29, 2018). "Notice of Preparation of a Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Eastridge to BART Regional Connector: Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2 March 2019.

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