Permanent Evelyn Station Closure Begins March 163/5/2015 4:15 PM |
VTA light rail trains will no longer stop at the Evelyn Station in Mountain View beginning Monday, March 16, 2015 when it permanently closes. The station is located half way between two other nearby stations—the very busy Mountain View Station to the west and Whisman Station to the east—and VTA is redirecting current Evelyn station users to those two stations.
Evelyn Station is scheduled to be demolished and removed as part of the Mountain View Light Rail Double Track Project, which is adding a second set of track between the Mountain View and Whisman stations. The rail corridor in this area is not wide enough to accommodate both the new track and the existing station that, additionally, experienced the second lowest ridership in VTA’s light rail system.
The benefits of the second track are significant and include more reliable connections with Caltrain service at Mountain View, better service for major events at Levi’s Stadium and the future ability to run express service to the BART Station being built in Milpitas that is expected to open 2017.
In the days before the closure, VTA staff will be present at Evelyn Station, offering trip planning services to anyone who requests assistance. Contacting VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300 is another way to obtain personalized travel information.
Construction is expected to be wrapped up by December 2015 in advance of Super Bowl 50, which will be staged at Levi’s Stadium in February 2016.
The project is being built in two phases. Phase 1 began last September and mostly involves the area between the Mountain View Transit Center and the SR 85 overcrossing. Crews have been in the field working during daytime and nighttime hours and on weekends.
The Evelyn Station closure is a significant element of Phase 2, which is slated to begin soon. Another highly visible planned activity includes laying the second track across Central Expressway. Crews will also be working in close proximity to residences near Whisman Station. Again, work will occur seven days a week at times, with both day and night crews in the field.
Keeping everyone informed regarding construction activities is a priority for VTA, whether it involves night work, lane closures on Central Expressway, or substitute bus service due to light rail power shutdowns.
The best way to be aware of up-to-date construction activities is to sign up for e-mail updates by visiting the project web page, www.vta.org/lre-mv, and clicking on the blue envelope icon in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Typical construction activities include preparing the track bed with rock ballast, and installing communications and signaling duct banks, drainage systems and the overhead electrical system. Much of this work needs to be done at night, when the existing overhead electrical system can be de-energized for safety purposes.
NOTE: The Evelyn Light Rail Station closure on March 16 is permanent. VTA has also been noticing the public about the partial closure of the adjacent Evelyn Park & Ride Lot, which will take place a week earlier on Monday, March 9th. Some public parking will remain, but much of the lot is going to be used as a construction staging area. Once construction is complete, the lot is expected to re-open to public parking.