VTA Study Underway for a Light Rail Extension to the Town of Los Gatos
Public Comments Needed for Environmental Review Process
|Release Number: || NR 12 11 05|
|Release Date: || Nov 19, 2012|
San Jose, Calif. — The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is looking for feedback on a proposal to extend the existing Mountain View to Winchester light rail line by 1.6 miles by way of the Vasona Light Rail Extension Project. The extension would begin at the existing Winchester Station in Campbell and continue within the VTA right-of-way to the Town of Los Gatos.
VTA has prepared a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (SEIR/EA) and it will be available for public review beginning Tuesday, November 20. In accordance with current state and federal environmental laws and guidelines, the Draft SEIR/EA presents design changes to the project that was previously approved in 2000 while also disclosing the environmental impacts of those design changes.
On Tuesday, December 4, a meeting will be held at the Campbell Public Library located at 77 Harrison Avenue in Campbell between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to review the SEIR/EA, speak with staff about the project, and provide comments.
The original Vasona Corridor Project proposed light rail service from downtown San Jose through the City of Campbell to the Town of Los Gatos. The first portion, downtown San Jose to the Winchester Station in Campbell, opened for revenue service on October 1, 2005, adding 5.3 miles and eight stations to VTA’s 36.9-mile light rail system.
“As the fourth major light rail extension since 1999, the line to Campbell has provided a convenient and economical travel option for West Valley residents, given VTA customers direct access to the multi-modal San Jose Diridon transit hub, and doubled light rail service along North First Street in San Jose,” said Joe Pirzynski, Town of Los Gatos Council Member and VTA Board Vice Chair. Pirzynski also served on the Vasona Corridor Advisory Committee Member from 2001-2005. “I am encouraged to see the extension project moving through the environmental process which gets us one step closer to becoming eligible for federal funding.”
The proposed extension will be implemented in two phases based on funding availability. Project features in Phase 1 include construction of a double set of light rail tracks at the Winchester Station; expansion of parking capacity at the Winchester Station; and a new Vasona Junction Station along with a park and ride lot. Phase 2 would construct a new Hacienda Light Rail Station with an optional park and ride lot. The cost of the project is estimated to be $175 million.
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Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region. VTA is responsible for bus, light rail and paratransit operations and also serves as the county’s congestion management agency. As such, VTA is responsible for countywide transportation planning, including congestion management issues, specific highway improvement projects, pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects, and provides these services throughout the county, including the municipalities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale. VTA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Santa Clara County.