Eastridge to BART Regional Connector-Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project

When this project is complete, VTA riders will be able to board light rail at the Eastridge Station, and connect directly with BART at the Milpitas Station.

To better reflect VTA’s diverse transportation services provided to the growing Santa Clara County, the Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project...

When this project is complete, VTA riders will be able to board light rail at the Eastridge Station, and connect directly with BART at the Milpitas Station.

To better reflect VTA’s diverse transportation services provided to the growing Santa Clara County, the Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project has been renamed Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Project-Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project.

This project will extend light rail from the existing Alum Rock Light Rail Station to the Eastridge Transit Center with elevated structures at Capitol Avenue, Story Road, and Tully Road. The Eastridge extension will include light rail stations at Story Road and at the Eastridge Transit Center.

Background

Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Project is the last portion of the larger Capitol Expressway Transit Improvement Project that transforms Capitol Expressway into a multi-modal boulevard offering bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail transit, and safe connections to the regional transit system.

VTA first addressed pedestrian access and improved safety measures along the expressway between Quimby Road and Capitol Avenue. This was completed in Fall 2012 and included new sidewalks, street lighting, and a landscaping buffer. Next was the reconstruction of the Eastridge Transit Center which was completed in 2015.

Project Status

In June 2016 VTA Board of Directors approved funding to complete design, acquire right of way and relocate utilities. Construction is dependent on the Board of Director's approval of the funding/financing plan.

The first visible field work is starting, although construction is not expected to begin until late 2020. Geotechnical data is required at thirty-two locations to further develop design plans for the project’s two stations and elevated tracks. Activities will begin on or about May 6 and last up to two weeks. Please select Notice of Construction for further details.

 

Timeline

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Preliminary Engineering
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Design and Engineering
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Environmental Clearance
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VTA Board of Directors approves environmental document
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California Environmental Quality Act Final Environmental Impact Report, dated April 2005 is approved for the Capitol Expressway Light Rail project with an alignment from Alum Rock to Neiman Blvd. in two phases. First phase extends light rail to Eastridge. Second phase to Nieman.  Scope includes:

  • Elevated tracks from Alum Rock to south of Story Road
  • At-grade through Ocala and Cunningham
  • Tunnel under Tully Road
  • New stations at Story, Ocala/Cunningham, and Eastridge
  • Story Road pedestrian overcrossing at all four corners of the intersection to the elevated station
  • Kiss and ride lot on the southeast corner of Story Road
  • Station located between Ocala and Cunningham
  • Pedestrian facilities along Capitol Expressway (new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping)
  • Transit Center at Eastridge
  • Original draft study evaluated an alignment between the Alum Rock Station and SR 87
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VTA Board of Directors approves environmental document update
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California Environmental Quality Act Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report, dated April 2007.

Changes are the result of preliminary engineering and include:

  • Elimination of the Nieman extension
  • Change from tunnel to elevated alignment at Tully Road
  • Elimination of 2 of the 4 pedestrian overcrossings at Story Road
  • Elimination of the kiss and ride lot at Story Road
  • Move station between Ocala and Cunningham closer to Ocala
  • Modify electrical transmission towers relocation (PG&E towers)
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VTA Board of Directors re-affirms their support for the Capitol Expressway Light Rail Extension to Eastridge Mall
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VTA Board of Directors Approves Phasing of Project
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Phase 1 to include pedestrian and street improvements, followed by the new Eastridge Transit Center.

Phase 2 to complete the light rail extension to Eastridge Transit Center.

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VTA Board of Directors Approves $57.5M for Capitol Expressway Light Rail Extension
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Funds to be used for pedestrian and bus improvements, and utility relocation.

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VTA Board of Directors Approves Environmental Document Addendum
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California Environmental Quality Act Revised Addendum to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report.

Approves the phasing (Phase 1) of the Pedestrian and Bus Improvements as Phase 1a and Phase 1b. 

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Federal Categorical Exclusion
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Staff completes Federal Categorical Exclusion (National Environmental Policy Act, Categorical Exclusion) that makes the Eastridge Transit Center Improvements eligible for federal funding.

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Construction
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VTA Board of Directors Approves Construction Contract (Phase 1a)
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Pedestrian Improvements Construction Complete - Ribbon Cutting Celebration
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Construction
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VTA Board of Directors Approves Construction Contract (Phase 1b)
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Phase 1b is to rebuild a new Eastridge Transit Center. Construction is expected to be complete in spring, 2015.

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Ground Breaking Celebration
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Community, Elected Officials, and VTA staff celebrate the groundbreaking construction of the new Eastridge Transit Center.

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Property Acquisition for Eastridge Transit Center construction complete
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Including $24 M for transit center property and transfer of $18 M of available budget from Caltrain Capacity Improvement to this project.

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VTA Board of Directors Approves Subsequent Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
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California Environmental Quality Act, dated February 2014. This action removes the Ocala light rail station, eliminates the sidewalk widening between Foxdale Drive and Ocala Avenue, (and resulting property acquisition), and expands Eastridge parking. This was based on environmental review from FTA while VTA was preparing a Federal EIS in order to be eligible for federal funding.

Note: VTA decided to suspend the NEPA process in late 2017 due to lack of federal funding available for this project.

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Eastridge Transit Center Construction Complete - Ribbon Cutting Celebration
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Community, local officials, and VTA staff celebrate the completion and opening of the new Eastridge Transit Center.

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Design and Engineering
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VTA Board Approves Funding to Complete Preliminary Engineering and Final Design (Phase 2 - Light Rail Extension)
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VTA Board of Directors Awards Contract for Design/Engineering
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Engineering contract approved with BKF Engineers for preparation of construction documents for the light rail extension to Eastridge.

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Updates to roadway geometry and light rail vertical alignment
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Updates to roadway geometry and light rail alignment are to improve the project and mitigate community impacts.

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Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Policy Advisory Group Recommendation
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Eastridge to BART Policy Advisory Board recommends approval of staff recommended geometry and light rail alignment changes for VTA Board of Directors action in May 2018. Specifically, the VTA Board will be asked to approve two items:

1. Staff to perform the environmental analysis of the light rail project using California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) criteria, and the staff recommended geometry and vertical light rail alignment.

2. Funding strategy that uses a combination of SB-1 funds and projected savings from other Measure A projects to fund the increased cost resulting from the proposed changes.  if the environmental document update and the project changes are approved by the Board at the completion of the environmental analysis. 

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Community Scoping Meeting
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Project changes to be evaluated in Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report

  • Extension of elevated structure between Story Road and Tully Road
  • Roadway design changes
  • Modification to Story Road Pedestrian Overcrossing and Median Access
  • Modification to Eastridge Station and Park-and-Ride-Lot
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Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report - Public Meeting and Open House
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The Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report was released for public review and 45 day comment period.

A Public Meeting was held on October 22.

Comments are due by November 19.

 

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Final Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report Released
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VTA Board of Directors Approves Final Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report
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Funding

Total Funding
$453 Million