Alum Rock–Santa Teresa (VTA)

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Alum Rock–Santa Teresa
Type Light rail
System Santa Clara VTA Light Rail
Locale Santa Clara County, California
Cities: San Jose and Milpitas
Termini Alum Rock Station
Santa Teresa Station
Stations 36
(plus 4 planned)
Opened 1991
Operator(s) Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Rolling stock 99 Kinki Sharyo light rail vehicles
(low floor)
Line length 24.2 mi (38.9 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Highest elevation at grade, elevated
Route map

Mountain View–Winchester
to Downtown Mountain View
Cisco Way
San Jose
River Oaks
Great Mall/Main
Bay Area Rapid Transit
San Jose
San Jose International Airport Metro/Airport
Guadalupe Division
Civic Center
Penitencia Creek
Gay Avenue
Saint James
Alum Rock
Santa Clara
Capitol Expressway extension
Paseo de San Antonio
Convention Center
Mountain View–Winchester
to Winchester
Children's Discovery Museum
Caltrain Tamien
to Almaden
Blossom Hill
Santa Teresa

Alum Rock–Santa Teresa is a light rail route operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The Alum Rock–Santa Teresa route is one of three existing VTA light rail routes. The other two light rail routes are the Mountain View–Winchester line and the Ohlone/Chynoweth–Almaden line. On system maps, the line is represented as the Blue Line, however VTA primarily uses its name and Line 901 in their documents.[1]

Route description[edit]

The Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line starts from Alum Rock Transit Center station in East San Jose, travels north along Capitol Avenue (which changes names twice along the route—Great Mall Parkway and Tasman Drive). It then turns south at First Street, traveling through downtown San Jose. Then after brief turns onto West San Carlos Street and Woz Way, the route travels south in the median of State Route 87. The final leg of the route runs south along the median of State Route 85 to its terminus at the Santa Teresa station in South San Jose. The route is approximately 24.2 mi (39 km) long and takes approximately one hour and ten minutes for the entire trip.

Owl service[edit]

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. 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[edit]

The Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line is a culmination of three separate construction projects that have gradually expanded the light rail system. Its specific pathway, and the fact that it shares part with the Mountain View–Winchester line, is the result of reroutes that occurred after the Tasman East/Capitol and Vasona extensions to East San Jose and Campbell, respectively.

Original Guadalupe line[edit]

This light rail route contains the entire original Guadalupe line opened in April 1991 from Tasman station to Santa Teresa station. The stations between Tasman and Convention Center are also served by the Mountain View–Winchester line.

Tasman West extension and Tasman East extension first phase[edit]

The Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line also contains parts of Tasman West extension opened in December 1999 from Tasman station to Baypointe station. The first phase of the Tasman East extension opened in May 2001 between Baypointe and I-880/Milpitas stations.[2][3]

Tasman East/Capitol extension[edit]

On June 24, 2004, the 8.3-mile (13.4-km) Tasman East/Capitol extension was opened, incorporating 8 new stations. This extension runs from the I-880/Milpitas station east along the Great Mall Parkway in Milpitas, then into East San Jose on Capitol Avenue to Alum Rock Transit Center on Alum Rock Avenue. This extension brings service to the Great Mall of the Bay Area in Milpitas. The total cost of this extension was $432.9 million.[3]

Possible future expansion[edit]

A connection to BART on this line is under construction at the Montague station as part of the Silicon Valley BART extension. Future additions to this line may include a light rail station at Gay Avenue, pending funding, and an extension further south along Capitol Expressway to VTA's Eastridge Transit Center and to State Route 87. This extension may eventually be brought all the way around to the existing Capitol station, with an intermediate connection to Caltrain.[citation needed]

Commuter Express light rail[edit]

On October 4, 2010, the VTA has introduced a new Commuter Express light rail service on this line, currently operating between Baypointe and Santa Teresa stations. The service operates three trips each in the morning (to Baypointe) and in the afternoon (to Santa Teresa) that calls at all stops, and it operates nonstop between Convention Center and Ohlone/Chynoweth stations. It offers free WiFi access on all trains on this service.

Station stops[edit]

Transfer to Mountain View–Winchester line anywhere between Tasman and Convention Center.

  ●   Stops at this station
  – Bypasses this station
Does not operate at this station
Station Local Express Other lines Transfer to
Alum Rock VTA: 23, 25, 45, 522
McKee VTA: 64
Penitencia Creek VTA: 45, 61, 104
Berryessa VTA: 61, 62, 104
Hostetter VTA: 70
Montague VTA: 46, 47, 70, 71, 321
Great Mall/Main AC Transit: 217
VTA: 46, 47, 66, 70, 71, 77, 104, 180, 181, 321
I-880/Milpitas VTA: 330
Cisco Way VTA: 140
Baypointe VTA: 58, 140
Tasman      VTA: Mountain View–Winchester LRT
River Oaks      VTA: 58
Orchard      VTA: 58, 321
Metro/Airport      VTA: 10 (Airport Flyer)
Civic Center      VTA: 12, 61, 62, 66, 181
Japantown/Ayer      VTA: 66, 181
Saint James      VTA: 65, 66, 72, 73, 82, 181, 304
Santa Clara      Highway 17 Express
Monterey-Salinas Transit: 55, 79
VTA: DASH, 11, 22, 23, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 81, 82, 168, 181, 304, 522
Paseo de San Antonio      VTA: DASH, 23, 66, 68, 82, 168, 304
Convention Center      VTA: DASH, Mountain View–Winchester LRT, 23, 168
Children's Discovery Museum VTA: 81
Tamien Caltrain: Tamien
VTA: 25, 82
Curtner VTA: 26
Capitol VTA: 37, 70
Ohlone/Chynoweth      VTA: Ohlone/Chynoweth–Almaden LRT, 13
Blossom Hill VTA: 27
Snell VTA: 66, 102, 122, 304
Cottle VTA: IBM shuttle, 27, 68
Santa Teresa Monterey-Salinas Transit: 79
VTA: Hitachi shuttle, IBM shuttle, 42, 68, 102, 122, 182, 304

Station facilities[edit]

Many stops along this line have park-and-ride facilities for its passengers, as well as bike stations, including:

  • Alum Rock
  • Penitencia Creek
  • Hostetter
  • Great Mall/Main
  • I-880/Milpitas
  • River Oaks - also the stop for VTA's headquarters
  • Tamien
  • Curtner
  • Capitol
  • Branham
  • Ohlone/Chynoweth
  • Blossom Hill
  • Snell
  • Cottle
  • Santa Teresa


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  2. ^ "VTA Facts: Light Rail System" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2006-11-30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Tasman East/Capitol Project Description". Completed projects. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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