Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will close two light rail stations in Sunnyvale for nine days starting today to add extra track for future ridership increases, VTA official said.The
The Reamwood and Vienna light rail train stations and tracks in
Sunnyvale will remain closed until June 9 to give work crews extended hours
to complete a "pocket" track to hold three 3-car trains to be deployed to
meet heavy rider demands, the VTA said.
If the trains were permitted to run during construction, the crews
would have to work on weekends, delaying the completion date, according to
The transit agency will need the extra trains, to be kept "in the
pocket" on the new track, for passenger increases when the planned Levi's
Stadium opens in Santa Clara this summer and VTA's planned extension of the
BART system to East San Jose debuts in 2017.
Passengers who use the Reamwood and Vienna train stations will be
served by VTA buses used in place of trains there.
Train riders may get off at Fair Oaks or Old Ironsides stations
and then board buses that will drive to the closed stations in Sunnyvale.
--Bay City News