September 10, 2015
Mountain View Bus Bridge Ending Day Early
With new light rail track laid across eastbound Central Expressway and Whisman Station Drive, VTA is planning to end the Middlefield to Mountain View Bus Bridge a day early and re-open light rail service to Mountain View on Sunday, September 13, 2015.
The re-established light rail service will provide another public transportation option for attending the annual Mountain View Arts and Wine Festival in downtown Mountain View.
In addition to the trackwork, the weeklong closure allowed VTA to relocate and upgrade traffic signaling and warning devices on Central Expressway, and complete most work on the light rail signaling and overhead electrical system.
Another closure the following weekend will see the completion of track construction on Central Expressway, with the westbound lanes of Central Expressway closed from 8 p.m. Friday, September 18 through early morning Monday, September 21. During this time, all traffic will use the eastbound side of the expressway.
In addition, there will be no light rail service between the Whisman and Mountain View stations on Saturday, September 19 or Sunday, September 20, 2015 with substitute bus service provided between Middlefield and Mountain View.
Most civil construction will be complete within several days after this upcoming closure, although both day and night work will continue on the signaling and overhead electrical systems before an extended period of testing and training begins. Revenue service on the new track is expected to start in January 2016 and will allow VTA to provide more timely service to the Mountain View Transit Center, where many riders transfer to Caltrain or employer shuttles.