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Santa Clara Pedestrian Undercrossing

VTA General Manager and other officials at the new ped tunnel

Project Description & Purpose

VTA has completed building an extension to the existing Santa Clara Station undercrossing along with a new approach ramp, which allows pedestrians and cyclists to access the Caltrain/ACE/Capitol Corridor platform and El Camino Real from Brokaw Road.

Similar to a tunnel, the undercrossing extension is approximately 80 feet long, and runs under three Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks. In conjunction with the underpass extension, an open-air ramp of approximately 250 feet long connects Brokaw Road to the tunnel structure. 

The major excavation portion of the project lasted four days, and included stopping rail service on three tracks, cutting about 200 feet of railway, and excavation. The cut-and-cover construction utilized precast concrete box units that were set in place to create the floor, walls, and ceiling of the tunnel. Click to view the printer-friendly project Fact Sheet in EnglishSpanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, and Tagalog.

Below is an aerial photograph of the Santa Clara train station and construction area.

Construction aerial photograph showing the pedestrian undercrossing

Project Timeframe

Construction of the underpass began over Thanksgiving weekend 2016. The undercrossing and the ramp opened to the public in Summer 2017.

Funding Sources

The $13.8M project cost will draw from Measures A and B, The City of San Jose, State and Federal Sources, Safe Routes to Transit, the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, and Hunter Properties.

Events

The Big Reveal | July 30, 2017  

View Photos of the grand opening on our Flickr account

Groundbreaking Ceremony | November 2, 2016

On November 2, 2016, the first shovels full of dirt were tossed to break ground on the Santa Clara Pedestrian Undercrossing.

VTA General Manager and CEO Nuria Fernandez led a group of local VIPs in the groundbreaking ceremony, including County Supervisor Ken Yeager, Santa Clara City Council Member Teresa O’Neill, San Jose Economic Development Assistant Director Nanci Klein, Deke Hunter, of Hunter Properties and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Director Shiloh Ballard. 

Photo of VIPs breaking ground on the Santa Clara Pedestrian Undercrossing

Construction Time Lapse Video

Ramp Construction Video

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