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Valley Transportation Authority

(VTA) Tasman Corridor

Santa Clara County, California (San Jose/Silicon Valley)

(last modified: Sept. 4, 1998)

Standard Disclaimer: This information is being provided by me as a private citizen and is in no way to be considered to be official VTA information.

Tasman Corridor (West):

This is a brief description of the Tasman Corridor extension of VTA's Light Rail System. Below this description is some information onTasman Corridor East.

Description:
This will extend the current Light Rail system with a new line operating through the very north end of Sunnyvale and into Mountain View with the end of the line being near the Mountain View Caltrain Station. The eastern portion of the Tasman Corridor, Tasman Corridor (East), will be described below. This line is being designed with future low-floor trains in mind. As a result, the current fleet of Light Rail vehicles are being modified to be able to operate with the 14" platforms.  Current models of the schedule call for an additional 25 minutes of running time from Old Ironsides to Mountain View. Timepoints are temporarily located at Lockheed, Moffett, Middlefield, Whisman, and Mountain View.

Status:
The current status is that all local funding has been secured. This includes money from VTA, Mountain View, the State and Federal sources. $47+ million has been released by the Federal Government (FTA) for construction. Various aspects of the project have already begun, including land acquisition, around 110 pieces of property must be purchased to widen various streets, and construction of the Champion Station, opened March 24, 1997. I have also seen some survey crews out along Tasman.  Baypointe station has been added to this project.

As of October 1999, most of the construction has been completed.  There is still a lot of work to be done yet.  Opening is scheduled for December 17, 1999.

Depending of funding and savings on the existing project, Tasman West may be extended to include two more stations East of Baypointe. The first will be along Tasman, between Zanker and Coyote Creek, working name is C Street. Latest word I have is that the final name and location of this station has not been finalized. The last station is the I-880 station to be located at Tasman and Alder.  This section is planned to open in lat 2000 or early 2001.

Construction of the Tasman Corridor (West) has been broken down into five different segments. I was out along the corridor recently, here is the current status of each section.

Mountain View Caltrain - Hwy 101 & Ellis - This section is almost finished.  There are six LRVa on this section for training.

Hwy 101 & Ellis - Mathilda & Lockheed Way - Almost all section of this part is completed.

Mathilda & Lockheed Way - Java & Crossman - This section is nearing completion.

Java & Crossman - Fair Oaks & Fair Oaks Way (Yep, just the overpass over Hwy 237). - This is complete.

Fair Oaks & Fair Oaks Way - Old Ironsides & Tasman - This section is nearing completion.

Construction is nearing completion near Baypointe.  Part of the delay in opening Tasman over Coyote Creek is due to work needed to be done for Tasman East.

This type of segmenting was done with Guadalupe Corridor in order for local companies to be able to bid on the work. Putting it out as one big contract would severely limit the number of companies able to do the work. Most likely the track and overhead wire installation will be a single contract for each. The total project is broken down into 31 different contracts.

Current schedules calls for full revenue service on Dec. 20, 1999. This is a fast racking from the Dec. 2000 agreed to in the full funding agreement. Champion Station opened March 24, 1997.

Most of the work of retrofitting the stations along Tasman Drive to raise the platforms has been completed.  The TVMs have yet to be installed.

Anyone who sees construction activity along the line, please feel free to let me know and I'll update this page.
gimlack@earthlink.net 

Routing:
Continue west on Tasman, then along Fair Oaks, onto Java (the street, not the computer language), then along the Lockheed Martin side of Mathilda, along Moffett Park Drive, then parallel Manila (the frontage road at the end of the Moffett Field runways, between Manila and Hwy 101, where the fence is now), then along the U.P. (Old S.P.) siding track that parallels Ellis Street between Ellis and Logue Street, crossing Central Expressway near Whisman (at grade, this crossing already exists) and connecting with Caltrain at the Mountain View Station (Castro St.). This consists of 7.6 miles of additional right-of- way.

The stretch between the Whisman Station and the Mountain View Station is single tracked. The original plans to single track the section by Moffett Field have been changed. The section of track between the Caltrain tracks and Moffett Field will be used on rare occasions for the movement of freight trains into Moffett Ames.

New street Crossings:
Unless otherwise noted these will be standard signals similar to the N. First St. and Tasman crossings on the Guadalupe corridor:

Tasman & Baypointe (The tracks will be continued out beyond this intersection for storage and as part of Tasman East.
Tasman & Old Ironsides (Old Ironsides Station) - This one already exists, but is only used when storing cars after cuts for midday service.
Tasman & Patrick Henry
Tasman & Reamwood (Reamwood Station)
Tasman & Birchwood
Tasman & Lawrence Expwy.
Tasman & Vienna (Vienna Station)
Fair Oaks & Tasman (Fair Oaks Station)
Fair Oaks & Fair Oaks Way
Java & Crossman (Crossman Station)
Java & Geneva
Java & Borregas (Borregas Station)
Java & Bordeaux
Mathilda & Java
Mathilda & 5th - RRXNG (Lockheed Martin Station)
Mathilda & Lockheed Martin Way - RRXNG
Moffett Park & Lockheed Martin Way - RRXNG
Moffett Park & H St - RRXNG
From here out it is a little hard to tell from the materials I am looking at. The Light Rail line will take over a RR siding that currently goes into Moffett Field. Current agreements will allow freight trains to operate over this section of track to serve Moffett Field.
Ellis & Hwy 101 ramps (Bayshore/NASA Station) - This crossing is from the old siding.
Middlefield - RRXNG with gates (Middlefield Station) - This crossing exists now.
There will be a couple of crossings within the old GTE  facility, now medium density housing, between Whisman and Hwy 237. (Whisman Station)
Central Expwy - RRXNG with gates (Evelyn Station). - This crossing exists now.
(Downtown Mountain View Station will be near Castro St., Light Rail will end before crossing Castro St.. Yes this will provide an easy transfer between Caltrain and Light Rail for people going into the Lockheed area.) The Light Rail tracks will be between the current Caltrain tracks and Central Expressway.

Major Employment Areas Served:
Downtown Mountain View
Great America
Lockheed Martin/Moffett Park
Mountain View (Ellis & Middlefield area)
NASA/Ames (Ellis St. Gate)

Regional Connections:
Caltrain (Mountain View Station)
Amtrak (Santa Clara /Great America) - 2-3 block walk - Lick Mill LR Station
ACE (Santa Clara/Great America) - 2-3 block walk. - Lick Mill LR Station

Stations: [Current Station] - Nearest Cross Street
Baypointe
- Tasman & Baypointe Industrial Park, Tasman/Gudalupe transfer station.
Champion - Tasman & Champion (opened March 24, 1997) Cisco Systems, Housing, Industrial Park
[ Lick Mill - Tasman & Calle Del Sol] Housing, Light Industrial Park.
[Great America - Tasman & Great America] Paramount's Great America Amusement Park, Santa Clara Convention Center.
[ Old Ironsides - Tasman & Old Ironsides] Industrial Park.
Reamwood - Tasman & Reamwood (East of Lawrence Expwy) Various small industries, mobile home parks, within walking distance of the Lakewood Village housing area.
Vienna - Tasman & Vienna (West of Lawrence Expwy), Large mobile home parks, within walking distance of the Lakewood Village housing area.
Fair Oaks - Tasman & Fair Oaks, Various small industries, some housing nearby.
Crossman - Java & Crossman, Industrial Park.
Borregas - Java & Borregas, Industrial Park.
Lockheed Martin - Mathilda & 5th, Industrial Park (Lockheed Martin). This will also involve a transit center being built to replace the current facility at 5th & C St.
Bayshore/NASA - Manila & Ellis, Ellis Street gate to Moffett Field, industrial park.
Middlefield - North of Middlefield near Ellis, Industrial Park, Santa Clara County Jail Work Furlough offices.
Whisman - South of Middlefield near Whisman, Industrial Park, walking distance of some housing
Evelyn - Evelyn & Hwy 85, Park & Ride Lot Mixed industrial and housing area.
Downtown Mountain View - Mountain View Caltrain (Castro & Central), Park & Ride Lot (Caltrain lot with $1 day cost), Caltrain connection, downtown Mountain View, some housing within walking distance. This will also include a new bus stop area for VTA and shuttle buses serving this facility.  The Light Rail and Caltrain stations will be slightly staggered with the Caltrain station being farther west.

VTA bus routes currently planned to serve each station:
Baypointe
:  33, 58, 74, 140, 330
Champion: 140, 330
Lick Mill:  59, 140, 330 (Short walk to Santa Clara Great America Amtrak/ACE station)
Great America:  59, 140, 330
Old Ironsides: 43, 55, 57, 59, 60, 140, 141, 321, 330, 521, there are also three Light Rail Shuttles serving this station:  Great America, Old Ironsides #1, Old Ironsides #2
Reamwood:  55
Vienna:   none (Short walk to Lawrence & Tasman)
Fair Oaks:  26, 54
Crossman:  26, 54, 122, 321, 328, 520, 521
Borregas:  26, 54, 122, 321, 328, 520, 521
Lockheed Martin:  26, 54, 321, 328, 520, 521
Bayshore NASA:  none (Short walk to line 48)
Middlefield:  32, 48, 304, 305, 345
Whisman:   none (Short walk to lines 48, 304, 305, 345)
Evelyn:  34
Downtown Mountain View:  34, 35, 51, 52, 47, 48, 304, 305, 345

Operational Notes:
With the addition of the Baypointe station to the Tasman West project, currently Tasman West operates separately from Guadalupe. Service is provided with single car trains running 10 minute headways, this will requires from 9 additional cars over what Guadalupe currently runs. Low-floor cars to operate Tasman have started to arrive with final delivery expected in 2002 or 2003. Tasman West was built with these cars in mind.  This also resulted in modifying the current fleet of cars to operate at 14" platforms. Current plans call fro the wheelchair lifts on Tasman West to be relocated onto the
Vasona Corridor when that line is constructed.

One major constraint on the schedule for Tasman West is the single track section in Mountain View.  This section, which takes 4 minutes to clear, determines the schedule for Tasman.  The intersection of First & Tasman, and the Baypointe Station will determine the schedule for Guadalupe.  Guadalupe will then determine the schedule for Almaden.

Gudalupe operates with Fall-Back at Baypointe Station, currently Tasman will not operate with fall-back at I-880.

Tasman Corridor East:

Routing:
The east section of Tasman Corridor is simpler routing, it will continue east along Tasman, onto Great Mall Pkwy., onto Capitol Ave. ending at Hostetter. This is where the Capitol Corridor extending down towards Eastridge would start.

Major Employment Areas Served:
Trade Zone industrial park, McCarthy (Oak Creek), N. First St., including Cisco Systems new campus.

Regional Connections:
None, although there is planned be a connection with the BART - San Jose connection service, if it is implemented.

Stations: Not sure of exact stations or locations, there have been several plans for the section between I-880 & N. First.
Baypointe - Tasman & Baypointe - Industrial Park, this will also be the interface station between Guadalupe and Tasman Corridors if all of Tasman is built. This station is being added to the construction of Tasman West. There are possibilities that construction may be pushed out to the I880 station.
Cicso - Tasman & Cisco Way, This one has been relocated to be closer to Cisco Systems new campus, Industrial Park. This station may be built as part of Tasman West.
I-880 - Tasman & Alder. Industrial Park, Elmwood (County Jail), some commercial. This Section is opening in May of 2001.
Great Mall - Great Mall & Main, Commercial, industrial park, some residential, Elmwood, The Great Mall
Montague - Capitol & Montague, Industrial Park. This one is likely to be merged with the Great Mall station if it is located East of the Great Mall. Most plans call for the major transfer center in Milpitas to be relocated to this location. At that time, the Weller and Main transfer center would be scaled down. It has not been settled on the exact location of this station. Current discussions call for this station to be located next to the UP tracks East of the Great Mall.
Cropley - Capitol & Cropley, Housing, industrial park
Hostetter - Capitol & Hostetter, Housing
Capitol Corridor will continue from this point on south towards Eastridge.
Stations listed in San Jose Mercury News, 11/7/96: I-880, Great Mall, Montague, Cropley, Hostetter.

Status:
This section is currently under construction.

Tasman Corridor - All:

This is a section for some general comments on the complete Tasman Corridor, East & West combined.

Regional Connections:
This would connect Caltrain with the Milpitas/Northeast San Jose area. If the San Jose-BART connector is built, there might be a connection with that as well. It would also have the connection with Amtrak with about a 3 block walk at Santa Clara, Light Rail Lick Mill Station.

Stations: I haven't seen the final station placement for the eastern portion of the corridor. There have been several different station alignments between Great Mall and Baypointe. This would mainly affect the placement of the two stations below listed as I880 and Zanker.
Hostetter - Capitol & Hostetter, Housing, this is where the Capitol Corridor begins.
Cropley - Capitol & Cropley, Housing, industrial park
Montague - Capitol & Montague, Indust rial Park, current discussions are calling for this station to be the major transfer center in Milpitas.
Great Mall - Great Mall & Main, Commercial, industrial park, Elmwood, The Great Mall. Most plans call for the major transfer center in Milpitas to be relocated to this location or at Montague. At that time, the Weller and Main transfer center would be scaled down.
I880 - Tasman & Alder, Industrial Park, Elmwood (County Jail), some commercial Park & Ride lot.
Cisco - Tasman & Cisco Way, Industrial Park
Baypointe - Tasman & Baypointe, Industrial Park, this will also be the interface station between Guadalupe and Tasman Corridors.
Champion - Tasman & Champion, Cisco Systems, Industrial Park.
Lick Mill - Tasman & Calle Del Sol, Housing, Light Industrial Park, has been upgraded to handle low floor cars.
Great America - Tasman & Great America, Paramount's Great America Amusement Park, Santa Clara Convention Center, has been upgraded to handle low floor cars.
Old Ironsides - Tasman & Old Ironsides, Industrial Park, has been upgraded to handle low floor cars.
Reamwood - Tasman & Reamwood (East of Lawrence Expwy) Various small industries, mobile home parks, within walking distance of the Lakewood Village housing area.
Vienna - Tasman & Vienna (West of Lawrence Expwy), Large mobile home parks, within walking distance of the Lakewood Village housing area.
Fair Oaks - Tasman & Fair Oaks, Various small industries, some housing nearby.
Crossman - Java & Crossman, Industrial Park.
Borregas - Java & Borregas, Industrial Park.
Lockheed Martin - Mathilda & 5th, Industrial Park (Lockheed/Martin).
Bayshore/NASA - Manila & Ellis, Ellis Street gate to Moffett Field, industrial park.
Middlefield - North of Middlefield near Ellis, Industrial Park, Santa Clara County Jail Work Furlough offices.
Whisman/G.E. - South of Middlefield near Whisman, Industrial Park, walking distance of some housing
Evelyn - Evelyn & Hwy 85, Park & Ride Lot Mixed industrial and housing area.
Downtown Mountain View - Mountain View Caltrain (Castro & Central), Park & Ride Lot, Caltrain connection, downtown Mountain View, some housing within walking distance.

Operational Notes:
This corridor will take over the current Guadalupe Corridor stations between Champion and Old Ironsides Stations. Part of this is due to changes in design between the two corridors as a result of ADA, which requires that all cars on multi-car trains be accessible. The Tasman Corridor is scheduled to use low floor cars. The interface between Tasman and Guadalupe is currently planned to be at the Baypointe Station with a cross platform transfer. Trains on the Guadalupe Line would layover on a center run out track, probably similar to the one South of Tamien.

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