March 11, 2016
The Mountain View Light Rail Double Track Project is now nearly complete and there are only a couple of activities left to finish, including rail grinding on both the new and old rail tracks.
Thank You Event
VTA Community Outreach and Customer Service staff will be at the Mountain View Light Rail Station Platform from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 17 to pass on a big “Thank You” to riders and the local community for their patience during the construction project. Staff will be available to discuss the project and VTA service at the transit center. They also plan on sharing information about an exciting special event VTA will be hosting for Earth Day. Passengers are invited to stop by, grab a snack, and visit for a few minutes.
Residents near the Whisman Station have been experiencing heightened levels of train noise caused by the interaction of steel wheels with steel track when trains travel through the curved track sections located between Central Expressway and Whisman Station.
The elevated noise levels is prompting VTA to grind the rails, a proven technique to reduce track squeal. Work is expected to begin the night of Friday, March 18. While the work is expected to be noisy, it must be completed at night when trains are not operating. The rail grinding is scheduled for approximately five nights, with crews working in different locations on different nights.
As an added measure to reduce track noise automatic track lubricators are now installed on both rail tracks. VTA initially experienced operational concerns with the lubricators, but both units are now functioning correctly. However, further modifications are required on the lubricator serving the track used by trains headed toward Mountain View. This additional work is not anticipated to impact either light rail service or nearby residents.
Evelyn Parking Lot Status
At the time of the Evelyn Light Rail Station closure last year, most of the parking lot was fenced off and used for a construction staging area. VTA has decided to lease out the lot while it seeks to enter into a potential joint development agreement with a future partner. The fenced off section of the parking lot will remain intact during this interim period.
As we put the final details to rest on the project, VTA wants to thank both local residents and riders for your patience during the construction work. Thank you.