Great America station

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Great America
VTA-Green-icon.svg VTA-Orange-icon.svg
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A VTA train near Great America Station with Levi's Stadium under construction.
Location2799 Tasman Drive
Santa Clara, California
Coordinates 37°24′13″N121°58′28″W / 37.403523°N 121.974442°W / 37.403523; -121.974442 Coordinates: 37°24′13″N121°58′28″W / 37.403523°N 121.974442°W / 37.403523; -121.974442
Owned by VTA
Platforms1 island platform
1 side platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Bicycle facilities Lockers [1]
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedDecember 11, 1987;34 years ago (1987-12-11) [2]
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO SCvta.svg VTA Light Rail Following station
Old Ironsides
Terminus
Green Line Lick Mill
toward Winchester
Old Ironsides Orange Line Lick Mill
toward Alum Rock
Location
Great America station

Great America is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Great America is served by the Orange and Green light rail lines. Great America is named for the nearby California's Great America theme park and is the closest station to Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Contents

From the station platforms, the entrance to Levi's Stadium is a 0.2-mile (0.32 km) walk and the entrance to the Great America theme park is a 0.4-mile (0.64 km) walk.

Improvements were made to the station ahead of the July 2014 opening of Levi's Stadium, including adding an “event only” side platform south of the eastbound track. During normal operations, this platform is not used and gates prevent access. After the end of a game, the platform is opened and used for eastbound and southbound departures, while the normal island platform is used only for westbound departures. During very busy events, the new platform has multiple gates, and customers are asked to queue in different lines based on their destination to facilitate rapid loading of trains. [3]

A pocket track was also added between the Reamwood and Old Ironsides stations, enabling the storage of three, 3-car trains to mobilize trains quickly after the end of an event at Levi's Stadium. [4]

Despite the similar names, this station is not the recommended transfer point for the Santa Clara – Great America station used by Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter rail and Capitol Corridor inter-city rail trains as the walk between the stations is about 0.6 miles (0.97 km). VTA advises passengers to use Lick Mill station, which is only 0.2 miles (0.32 km) away from the ACE/Capitol Corridor station.

Service

Station layout

Northbound/
Westbound
VTA-Green-icon.svg Green Line toward Old Ironsides (terminus)
VTA-Orange-icon.svg Orange Line toward Mountain View (Old Ironsides)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound/
Eastbound
VTA-Green-icon.svg Green Line toward Winchester (Lick Mill)
VTA-Orange-icon.svg Orange Line toward Alum Rock (Lick Mill)
Side platform (only used during special events), doors will open on the right

Location

The station is located in the median of Tasman Drive between the Santa Clara Convention Center and California's Great America. It is also across the street from the San Francisco 49ers home, Levi's Stadium.

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