Green Line (VTA)

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VTA-Green-icon.svg Green Line
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A Green Line train bound for Winchester station stops at Paseo de San Antonio station along Downtown San Jose's transit mall.
Overview
Locale Santa Clara County, California
Cities: Santa Clara, San Jose, and Campbell
Termini Old Ironsides station
Winchester station
Stations26
Service
Type Light rail
System Santa Clara VTA Light Rail
Operator(s) Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Rolling stock Kinki Sharyo light rail vehicles (low floor)
History
Opened1987
Technical
Line length22.3 mi (35.89 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Highest elevationat grade, elevated, underground
Route map

Contents

BSicon uCONTg.svg
VTA-Orange-icon.svg
Orange Line
to Mountain View
BSicon uPSLm.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Old Ironsides
VTA-Orange-icon.svg
BSicon STADIUM.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Great America
VTA-Orange-icon.svg
BSicon lCONTg@Gq.svg
BSicon HUB2.svg
BSicon INTq.svg
BSicon HUBc3.svg
BSicon umKRZo.svg
BSicon CONTfq.svg
BSicon HUBc1.svg
BSicon HUB4.svg
BSicon uINT.svg
Lick Mill
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg ACE arrows.svg VTA-Orange-icon.svg
BSicon uSTR+GRZq.svg
BSicon uWBRUCKE1.svg
Santa Clara
San Jose
BSicon uBHF.svg
Champion
VTA-Orange-icon.svg
BSicon uABZgl.svg
BSicon uCONTfq.svg
BSicon uABZg+l.svg
BSicon uCONTfq.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Tasman
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
River Oaks
BSicon PARKING.svg VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Orchard
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Bonaventura
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Component
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Karina
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uSKRZ-G4u.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uINT.svg
Metro/Airport
BSicon FLUG.svg (via BSicon BUS2.svg ) VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Gish
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uSKRZ-G4u.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uKDSTaq.svg
BSicon uABZgr+r.svg
Guadalupe Division
BSicon uBHF.svg
Civic Center
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Japantown/Ayer
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBS2+l.svg
BSicon uBS2+r.svg
BSicon uBHF(L)g.svg
BSicon uBHF(R)f.svg
Saint James
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF(L)g.svg
BSicon uBHF(R)f.svg
Santa Clara
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBHF(L)g.svg
BSicon uBHF(R)f.svg
Paseo de San Antonio
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uBS2l.svg
BSicon uBS2r.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Convention Center
VTA-Blue-icon.svg
BSicon uABZgl.svg
BSicon uCONTfq.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uSKRZ-G4u.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon STADIUM.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
San Fernando
BSicon lCONTg@Gq.svg
BSicon HUB2.svg
BSicon INTq.svg
BSicon HUBc3.svg
BSicon umKRZu.svg
BSicon CONTfq.svg
BSicon HUBc1.svg
BSicon HUB4.svg
BSicon uINT.svg
San Jose Diridon Gnome-searchtool.svg
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Caltrain roundel.svg ACE arrows.svg BSicon PARKING.svg
BSicon ueBHF.svg
West San Carlos
planned
BSicon uBHF.svg
Race
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uSKRZ-G4o.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Fruitdale
BSicon uBHF.svg
Bascom
BSicon PARKING.svg
BSicon GRZq.svg
BSicon uhSTRa@g.svg
San Jose
Campbell
BSicon uhBHF.svg
Hamilton
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uhSKRZ-G4e.svg
BSicon dRP4q.svg
BSicon uBHF.svg
Downtown Campbell
BSicon uKBHFe.svg
Winchester
BSicon PARKING.svg

The Green Line is a light rail line in Santa Clara County, California, and part of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail system. It serves 26 stations in the cities of Santa Clara, San Jose, and Campbell, traveling between Old Ironsides and Winchester stations. The line connects Levi's Stadium, San Jose International Airport (via a bus connection), Downtown San Jose, San Jose State University, SAP Center, and Diridon station. It runs for 20 hours per day on weekdays, with headways of 15 minutes for most of the day. On weekends, train run at 20 minute headways for most of the day. After around 8pm on weekdays and weekends trains run at 30 minute headways.

Route description

The Green Line starts from the Old Ironsides station in Santa Clara, where it shares service with the Orange Line. Traveling eastwards on Tasman Drive, the Green Line passes Levi's Stadium and the future Related Santa Clara mega-development. At First Street, it turns south and shares tracks with the Blue Line to downtown San Jose. After the Convention Center stop, it leaves the shared portion of the tracks and heads southwest to the Winchester station in southern Campbell, with a stop at Caltrain and Amtrak's Diridon Station. The whole route takes approximately one hour.

Owl service

From February 2000 to April 14, 2003, VTA operated all night train service with light rail vehicles (commonly known as "owl service") on a 70-minute frequency between Mountain View and Baypointe. At the time, VTA light rail was the only light rail service in the United States to operate 24 hours a day. The owl service was curtailed in 2003 as a result of mounting deficits.

Construction history

The route that the Mountain View–Winchester line now runs on is constructed in three different expansion projects: the original Guadalupe line, the Tasman West extension, and the Vasona extension.

Guadalupe line

The trackway between Woz Way in Downtown San Jose and Old Ironsides station is part of the Guadalupe line, the first light rail line constructed in Santa Clara county. The Guadalupe line opened for revenue service on December 11, 1987 originally running from Old Ironsides station to Civic Center station in San Jose. Champion station was not part of the original line; it was added as intermediate stop as part of the Tasman West project. [1] [2]

UTDC-built LRV in 1993 arriving at Old Ironsides station, which was the northern terminus of the system's first section of light rail line, opened in 1987 Santa Clara County Transit UTDC-built car 821 arriving at Old Ironsides (1993).jpg
UTDC-built LRV in 1993 arriving at Old Ironsides station, which was the northern terminus of the system's first section of light rail line, opened in 1987

Service on this line was gradually expanded south from Civic Center station as follows:

Tasman West extension

The Tasman West extension project added the following features to the line as follows:

Baypointe station is no longer served by this line due to a line reconfiguration implemented in August 2005.

Tasman West extension was constructed with funds from 1996 Measure B sales tax measure.

Vasona extension

Mountain View–Winchester contains the entire Vasona extension from San Fernando station to the southern line terminal, Winchester station, 5.3 miles (8.5 km). [8] Vasona extension opened for revenue service on October 1, 2005. It was originally scheduled to open two months earlier on August 1 but was delayed due to a dispute between Federal Railroad Administration and VTA. At issue was whether a waiver was needed from FRA, since the Union Pacific branchline that parallels most of Vasona extension is still actively used on a tri-weekly basis to serve a cement plant in the Cupertino Foothills and a lumber yard in Campbell. A waiver was finally obtained on the condition that all light rail vehicles sound their horns at crossings until "Quiet Zone" improvements are implemented (freight trains are still required to sound their horns). The Vasona extension was also constructed with funds from 1996 Measure B sales tax measure.

Light Rail Efficiency Project

In 2014, a new storage track and crossover was constructed between Old Ironsides and Reamwood as part of improvements to support events at Levi's Stadium and the future Silicon Valley BART extension. [9]

To provide better headways and service reliability, a second track was constructed between Whisman and Downtown Mountain View. Work began in summer 2014 and was completed in late 2015. Evelyn Station was permanently closed in mid-March 2015 as part of track construction. [10]

2019 reconfiguration

Upon the opening of the Silicon Valley BART extension to Berryessa / North San Jose, Line 902 will be split into the Green Line (Old Ironsides -Winchester) and the Orange Line (Mountain View - Alum Rock). As of early 2019, station signage has begun to reflect the future configuration, displaying line colors rather than terminus icons. [11]

Station stops

StationTransfer to
Old Ironsides
Great America
Lick Mill
Champion
Tasman
River Oaks
Orchard
Bonaventura
Component
Karina
Metro/Airport
Gish
Civic Center
Japantown/Ayer
Saint James
Santa Clara
Paseo de San Antonio
  • VTA-Blue-icon.svg Blue Line
  • VTA Bus: 23, 66, 68, Rapid 523, Rapid 568
Convention Center
San Fernando
San Jose Diridon
Race
Fruitdale
  • VTA Bus: 25, 103
Bascom
  • VTA Bus: 61
  • Park and ride
Hamilton
  • VTA Bus: 56
Downtown Campbell
  • VTA Bus: 26
Winchester
  • VTA Bus: 27, 37, 60, 101
  • Park and ride

Station facilities

Many stations along this line have park-and-ride lots (labeled as PKW aus Zusatzzeichen 1048-10.svg ), as well as bike stations (labeled as Fahrrad aus Zusatzzeichen 1000-32.svg ), including:

Related Research Articles

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Public transit operator in Santa Clara County, California

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Blue Line (VTA)

The Blue Line is a light rail line in Santa Clara County, California, and part of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail system. It serves 26 stations entirely in the city of San Jose traveling between Baypointe and Santa Teresa stations, stopping at San Jose International Airport, Downtown San Jose, San Jose State University, and the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose along the way. The line connects to Caltrain at Tamien. The Blue Line is one of three lines in the VTA Light Rail system; the other two being the Green Line and the Orange Line.

San Jose Diridon station Railway and transit hub in San Jose, California

San Jose Diridon is the central passenger rail depot for San Jose, California. It also serves as a major intermodal transit center for Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley. The station is named after former Santa Clara County Supervisor Rod Diridon.

Downtown Campbell station VTA light rail station in Campbell, California

Downtown Campbell is a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail station, located in downtown Campbell, California. Downtown Campbell station contains one island platform, and marks the beginning of a double-track section which continues to the end of line, Winchester station in western Campbell. The station is served by the Green Line of the VTA Light Rail system.

San Fernando station (VTA) VTA light rail station in San Jose, California

San Fernando is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The station has two side platforms and two trackways. San Fernando station is served by the Green Line of the VTA Light Rail system.

Race Street station VTA light rail station in San Jose, California

Race station, sometimes listed as Race Street, is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The station consists of a single platform with a single trackway. Trains from both directions arrive on the same track. Race station is served by the Green Line of the VTA Light Rail system.

Fruitdale station VTA light rail station in San Jose, California

Fruitdale is a light rail station in the Fruitdale neighborhood of San Jose, California, operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The station has a center platform situated between two trackways. Fruitdale station is served by the Green Line of the VTA Light Rail system.

Bascom station VTA light rail station in San Jose, California

Bascom is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The station has a single center platform between two tracks. Bascom station is served by the Green Line of the VTA Light Rail system.

Hamilton station (VTA) VTA light rail station in Campbell, California

Hamilton is an elevated light rail station located over East Hamilton Avenue, after which the station is named, near its intersection with Creekside Way and California State Route 17, in Campbell, California. The station is owned by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and is served by the Green Line of the VTA light rail system. The station has a single track used by trains traveling in both directions.

Winchester Transit Center VTA light rail station in Campbell, California

Winchester Transit Center is a light rail station and park-and-ride lot operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in Campbell, California. Winchester is the southern terminus of the Green Line of the VTA Light Rail system.

Baypointe station VTA light rail station in San Jose, California

Baypointe is an at-grade light rail station located in the center median of Tasman Drive at its intersection with Baypointe Parkway, after which the station is named, in San Jose, California. The station is owned by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and is served by the Blue Line and the Orange Line of the VTA light rail system. Baypointe station is the current northern terminus for the Blue Line.

Alum Rock Transit Center VTA light rail station in San Jose, California

Alum Rock Transit Center is an at-grade intermodal transit center located near the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Nuestra Castillo Court in the San Jose, California neighborhood of Alum Rock, after which the station is named. The light rail stop is located in the center median of Capitol Avenue and is the current eastern terminus for the Orange Line of the VTA light rail system. VTA buses serving the transit center stop on either Capitol Avenue or in a bus plaza located west of Capitol Avenue and the light rail platform.

Ohlone/Chynoweth–Almaden (VTA)

Ohlone/Chynoweth–Almaden was a short light rail route operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in southern San Jose, California, with three stops. Service into the Almaden Valley was also provided by VTA bus route 13, which also entirely duplicates the light rail service. VTA proposed to end service on the Ohlone/Chynoweth–Almaden line in late 2019, and officially announced plans to terminate service on the line and replace it with bus 64a on December 28, 2019.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail Light rail system in San Jose, California

VTA Light Rail is a light rail system in San Jose and nearby cities in Santa Clara County, California. It is operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, or VTA, and consists of 42.2 miles (67.9 km) of network comprising three main lines on standard gauge tracks. Originally opened on December 11, 1987, the light rail system has gradually expanded since then, and currently has 60 stations in operation.

Evelyn station

Evelyn station is a former VTA Light Rail station located in Mountain View, California. The station platform was on the then-single-track section east of the Downtown Mountain View light rail station. It was accessed via a pedestrian tunnel under the Caltrain tracks from Evelyn Avenue at the intersection with Pioneer Way. The station was closed in 2015 to permit double-tracking of the line.

California Trolley and Railroad Corporation

Established in 1982, the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and reflect the rich legacy of rail transportation in the Santa Clara Valley for the educational and recreational benefit of current and future generations.

Downtown San José station

Downtown San José station is a proposed underground Bay Area Rapid Transit station underneath Santa Clara Street in Downtown San Jose, planned as part of Silicon Valley BART extension Phase II. The station would be co-located with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's existing Santa Clara light rail station, and be located between the proposed 28th Street/Little Portugal station and a transfer station at San Jose Diridon Station. The station eventually connects to the proposed Santa Clara BART station. Revenue service is envisioned to start in 2029–2030.

The Silicon Valley BART extension is an ongoing effort to expand service by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) into Santa Clara County via the East Bay from its former terminus at the Fremont station in Alameda County. Planned since at least 1981, the project has seven stations in three sequential phases.

Orange Line (VTA)

The Orange Line is a light rail line in Santa Clara County, California, and part of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail system. It serves 26 stations in the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Milpitas, traveling between Downtown Mountain View and Alum Rock stations, stopping at Ames Research Center, Great America, and Levi's Stadium along the way. The line connects to Caltrain at Mountain View and to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system at Milpitas station. The line runs for 20 hours per day on weekdays, with headways of 15 minutes for most of the day. On weekends, the train runs at 20-minute headways for most of the day. After around 8 pm on weekdays and weekends trains run at 30-minute headways.

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