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Demolition of Closed Evelyn Station Begins

Inquiries regarding this project should be directed to:

VTA Community Outreach
community.outreach@vta.org
(408) 321-7575

Overview:
Demolition of the Evelyn Light Rail Station and the removal of the resulting debris will take place over the next three months as part of the Mountain View Light Rail Double Track Project. Once the demolition is complete, a second light rail track will be placed where the station formerly stood.

Some, but not all, work will need to be done after light rail service has ceased for the evening, (approximately 11 p.m.) because of the need to haul debris across the light rail tracks and the need to de-energize the overhead light rail electrical system for safety reasons.

During the approximately three-month demolition period, activities will vary. Following is a description of some major activities.

Upcoming undertakings will include the demolition of concrete using small to medium sized excavator equipment and the loading of the broken concrete into large haul trucks that will access the work site from Central Expressway.

Additionally, a new retaining wall will be constructed between the VTA and Caltrain corridors and this work will involve driving piles approximately 25 feet into the ground using an industrial-sized vibrating machine.

Also, the pedestrian tunnel from Evelyn Avenue to the station will be modified so it no longer provides access to the VTA light rail tracks.

What:
The first work to be undertaken involves demolition of much of the station platform where riders boarded and exited trains. This work is estimated to last approximately eight nights.

Where:
The Evelyn Light Rail Station is located in Mountain View opposite where Pioneer Way dead-ends into Evelyn Avenue.

When:
This work is scheduled to begin Friday, April 10. Crews will begin mobilizing at 10 p.m. each evening and will work until 5 a.m. the following morning. Currently, crews are scheduled to work six nights a week but will not work Sunday night thru Monday morning.
Daytime crews will also be working on site, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Why:
The station is being removed because there is not enough room within the VTA light rail corridor to both add a second track and maintain the Evelyn Station.

Significance to Community/VTA Riders:
No significant impacts to light rail service are anticipated.

Residents living near the work site will likely be able to hear the construction during nighttime hours.

Airhorns are utilized as a safety device to alert workers of approaching trains and will be used during both daytime and nighttime hours anytime workers are near the light rail track while trains are operating in the area.

Traffic Implications:
Overnight lane closures on eastbound Central Expressway are likely at times. Lane closure start times typically vary between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and continue until 5 a.m. the following morning. ​

 



Mountain View Double Track Project

The Mountain View Double Track project, one of a series of projects known as the VTA Light Rail Train Efficiency Program, includes installing a second set of light rail tracks between the Mountain View and Whisman stations. The work will require the closure of the underutilized Evelyn Light Rail Station. The purpose of this project is to eliminate the current bottle neck caused by the single track operation in this area of Mountain View and provide storage space to stage multiple vehicles to service future BART service and special events at Levi’s Stadium. 

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