Cisco Way station
Cisco Way is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. This station is served by VTA's Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line; the station was opened in 2001 as part of the first phase of VTA's Tasman East light rail extension. Cisco Way station is located in the median of Tasman Drive just west of Cisco Way in northern San Jose, California, it is located near the headquarters of Inc.. Payphone Wheelchair accessible VTA Express Bus Route 140 VTA Limited Stop Bus Route 330 ACE Shuttle Media related to Cisco Way at Wikimedia Commons
San Jose International Airport
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is a city-owned public airport in San Jose, United States, it is named after San Jose native Norman Mineta, former Transportation Secretary in the Cabinet of George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary in the Cabinet of Bill Clinton; the name recognizes Mineta's service as a councilman for, mayor of, San Jose. It is a U. S. Customs and Border Protection international port of entry, it is situated three miles northwest of Downtown San Jose near the intersections of U. S. Route 101, Interstate 880, State Route 87. In 2017, 49% of departing or arriving passengers at SJC flew on Southwest Airlines. San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area, but SJC is the second-busiest of the three Bay Area airports by passenger count. SJC served 14.3 million passengers in 2018, surpassing its previous record of 14.2 million passengers set in 2001. SJC has been one of America’s fastest-growing major airports for rate of year-over-year seat capacity growth since 2012. SJC is near downtown San Jose, unlike SFO and OAK, which are around 14 miles and 10 miles from their downtowns.
The location near downtown San Jose is convenient, but SJC is surrounded by the city and has little room for expansion. The proximity to downtown limits the height of buildings in downtown San Jose, to comply with FAA rules. In 1939, Ernie Renzel, a wholesale grocer and future mayor of San Jose, led a group which negotiated an option to buy 483 acres of the Stockton Ranch from the Crocker family, to be the site of San Jose's airport. Renzel led the effort to pass a bond measure to pay for the land in 1940. In 1945, test pilot James M. Nissen leased about 16 acres of this land to build a runway and office building for a flight school; when the city of San Jose decided to develop a municipal airport, Nissen sold his share of the aviation business and became San Jose's first airport manager. Renzel and Nissen were instrumental in the development of San Jose Municipal Airport over the next few decades, culminating with the 1965 opening of what became Terminal C. San Jose's first airline flights were Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3s on the multistop run between San Francisco and Los Angeles, starting in 1948.
Southwest changed its name to Pacific Air Lines and was the only airline at the airport until 1966, when Pacific Southwest Airlines started flying Lockheed L-188 Electras nonstop from LAX and Boeing 727-100s that year. SJC's first airline jets were Pacific Air Lines Boeing 727–100 nonstops to LAX earlier in 1966. Pacific flew Fairchild F-27s to SJC, merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West, renamed Hughes Airwest, continuing at SJC with McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s before it merged into Republic Airlines. In 1968 United Airlines arrived, with Boeing 727 nonstops from Denver, Chicago and LAX, Douglas DC-8 nonstops from New York and Baltimore; the runway which became 12R/30L was 4,500 feet until about 1962— Brokaw Rd was the northwest boundary of the airport. In 1964 it was 6,312 feet, in 1965 it was 7,787 feet, a few years it reached 8,900 feet, where it stayed until around 1991; the two runways are now both 11,000 feet in length. In the early 1980s the airport was one of the first in the country to participate in the noise regulation program enacted by the U.
S. Congress for delineation of airport noise contours and developing a pilot study of residential sound insulation; this program showed that homes near the airport could be retrofitted cost-effectively to reduce indoor aircraft noise substantially. American Airlines opened a hub at San Jose in 1988, using slots it obtained in the buyout of AirCal in 1986. In 1990, Terminal A was opened to help accommodate the American operation. By summer 2001, American served Paris and Tokyo nonstop from San Jose and had domestic flights to Austin, Denver, Las Vegas, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. After the September 11 attacks and the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, the city lost much of its service. Air Canada dropped its flights to Toronto and Ottawa and American Airlines ended its nonstops to Taipei and Paris. American cancelled service to Miami, St. Louis, Seattle/Tacoma, Denver, Orange County, CA and Phoenix. In November 2001, the airport was renamed after Norman Y. Mineta, a native of San Jose, its former mayor and congressman, as well as both a former United States Secretary of Commerce and a United States Secretary of Transportation.
That same month, the San Jose City Council approved an amended master plan for the airport that called for a three-phase, nine-year expansion plan. The plan, designed by Gensler and The Steinberg Group, called for a single, consolidated "Central Terminal" with 40 gates, an international concourse and expanded security areas; the sail-shaped facade would greet up to 17.6 million passengers a year. A people mover system would link the new terminal with VTA light rail and the planned BART station next to the Santa Clara Caltrain station. Cargo facilities would be moved to the east side of the airport. A long term parking garage would be built. A short term parking lot would be built on the site of Terminal C. On December 16, 2003, the San Jose Airport Commission named the
Bayshore/NASA is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, located in Mountain View, California. Bayshore/NASA is served by the Mountain View–Winchester light rail line; the station is on Manila Drive at the Ellis Street entrance to the NASA Ames Research Center and Moffett Federal Airfield. Media related to Bayshore-NASA at Wikimedia Commons The Tasman West Light Rail Project: Art and Aesthetics Program at VTA photo of Bayshore/NASA station at nycsubway.org public transit info
Capitol station (VTA)
Capitol is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. This station is served by VTA's Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line. If and when light rail is extended down the median of the Capitol Expressway from Alum Rock in what is known as the Downtown East Valley transit project, the new line will terminate around Capitol station, or share tracks of the current station. Capitol station is located in the median of State Route 87, near the intersection with Capitol Expressway in San Jose, California. Bicycle parking Payphone Park and Ride Lot Wheelchair accessible VTA Bus Route 37 VTA Bus Route 70 The station is served by VTA's special service to home games of the San Francisco 49ers. Media related to Capitol at Wikimedia Commons
Downtown Mountain View station
Downtown Mountain View station is an intermodal transit station located in Mountain View, California. The station is served by Caltrain regional rail service, Santa Clara VTA light rail service, VTA local buses, local shuttles. Downtown Mountain View is the northern terminus of the Mountain View-Winchester light rail route; the station has one island platform serving the two light rail tracks and two side platforms serving the two Caltrain tracks. The station building was constructed in 2000 to replicate the no-longer-extant 1888-built Southern Pacific Railroad station. Two pieces of public art were added during the construction of the light rail line. Media related to Downtown Mountain View station at Wikimedia Commons Caltrain - Mountain View station Park & Ride Lots - Downtown Mountain View Caltrain Station at VTA
Berryessa station (VTA)
Berryessa is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. This station is served by VTA's Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line; the station was opened in 2004 as part of VTA's Capitol light rail extension. Berryessa station is located in the median of North Capitol Avenue, just north of Berryessa Road in San Jose, California. Payphone Wheelchair accessible VTA Bus Route 62VTA Bus Route 45 no longer serves this station due to bus service updates implemented on January 14, 2008. Berryessa, San Jose, California Media related to Berryessa station at Wikimedia Commons
Light rail, light rail transit, or fast tram is a form of urban rail transit using rolling stock similar to a tramway, but operating at a higher capacity, on an exclusive right-of-way. There is no standard definition, but in the United States, light rail operates along exclusive rights-of-way and uses either individual tramcars or multiple units coupled to form a train, lower capacity and lower speed than a long heavy-rail passenger train or metro system. A few light rail networks tend to have characteristics closer to rapid transit or commuter rail. Other light rail networks are tram-like in nature and operate on streets. Light rail systems are found on all inhabited continents, they have been popular in recent years due to their lower capital costs and increased reliability compared with heavy rail systems. Many original tram and streetcar systems in the United Kingdom, United States, elsewhere were decommissioned starting in the 1950s as the popularity of the automobile increased. Britain abandoned its last tram system, except for Blackpool, by 1962.
Although some traditional trolley or tram systems exist to this day, the term "light rail" has come to mean a different type of rail system. Modern light rail technology has West German origins, since an attempt by Boeing Vertol to introduce a new American light rail vehicle was a technical failure. After World War II, the Germans retained many of their streetcar networks and evolved them into model light rail systems. Except for Hamburg, all large and most medium-sized German cities maintain light rail networks; the basic concepts of light rail were put forward by H. Dean Quinby in 1962 in an article in Traffic Quarterly called "Major Urban Corridor Facilities: A New Concept". Quinby distinguished this new concept in rail transportation from historic streetcar or tram systems as: having the capacity to carry more passengers appearing like a train, with more than one car connected together having more doors to facilitate full utilization of the space faster and quieter in operationThe term light rail transit was introduced in North America in 1972 to describe this new concept of rail transportation.
The first of the new light rail systems in North America began operation in 1978 when the Canadian city of Edmonton, adopted the German Siemens-Duewag U2 system, followed three years by Calgary and San Diego, California. The concept proved popular, although Canada has few cities big enough for light rail, there are now at least 30 light rail systems in the United States. Britain began replacing its run-down local railways with light rail in the 1980s, starting with the Tyne and Wear Metro and followed by the Docklands Light Railway in London; the historic term light railway was used because it dated from the British Light Railways Act 1896, although the technology used in the DLR system was at the high end of what Americans considered to be light rail. The trend to light rail in the United Kingdom was established with the success of the Manchester Metrolink system in 1992; the term light rail was coined in 1972 by the U. S. Urban Mass Transportation Administration to describe new streetcar transformations that were taking place in Europe and the United States.
In Germany the term Stadtbahn was used to describe the concept, many in UMTA wanted to adopt the direct translation, city rail. However, UMTA adopted the term light rail instead. Light in this context is used in the sense of "intended for light loads and fast movement", rather than referring to physical weight; the infrastructure investment is usually lighter than would be found for a heavy rail system. The Transportation Research Board defined "light rail" in 1977 as "a mode of urban transportation utilizing predominantly reserved but not grade-separated rights-of-way. Electrically propelled. LRT provides a wide range of passenger capabilities and performance characteristics at moderate costs." The American Public Transportation Association, in its Glossary of Transit Terminology, defines light rail as:...a mode of transit service operating passenger rail cars singly on fixed rails in right-of-way, separated from other traffic for part or much of the way. Light rail vehicles are driven electrically with power being drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley or a pantograph.
However, some diesel-powered transit is designated light rail, such as the O-Train Trillium Line in Ottawa, Canada, the River Line in New Jersey, United States, the Sprinter in California, United States, which use diesel multiple unit cars. Light rail is similar to the British English term light railway, long-used to distinguish railway operations carried out under a less rigorous set of regulation using lighter equipment at lower speeds from mainline railways. Light rail is a generic international English phrase for these types of rail systems, which means more or less the same thing throughout the English-speaking world; the use of the generic term light rail avoids some serious incompatibilities between British and American English. T