Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SCVTA to close LRT station, add track

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Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has authorized closing its Evelyn light rail transit station in Moutain View, Calif., with plans to add a second track at the site to ease an operations bottleneck.

The station will be closed early in 2015, SCVTA said. The station is the second least-used stop on the LRT system, the authority noted.

The Mountain View Double Track project to follow will cost $63 million. Track work may begin this year even before the station is removed.

Those passengers who use Evelyn Station users are being advised to use Whisman atation or the downtown Mountain View Station as alternatives.

SCVTA began LRT operations on Dec. 11, 1987, serving San Jose, Calif., and nearby communities in Silicon Valley. The rail system carries roughly 140,000 riders per weekday.