San Jose, California/Phase 1 Tasman LRT West Extension

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Phase 1 Tasman LRT West Extension

San Jose, California

(November 1998)


The Santa Clara County Transit District (SCCTD) originally developed a 12.4-mile extension to the existing light rail line, which would provide service from northeast San Jose to Capitol/Hosletter and downtown Mountain View. The total project includes 19 stations and 35 light rail vehicles. The State of California Supreme Court invalidation of the Measure A sales tax lead to the development of new financing alternatives and the separation of the project into two phases, Phase I (West Extension) and Phase 2 (East Extension).

The Phase I West Extension, which is covered in this profile, consists of 7.6 miles of surface LRT from the northern terminus of the Guadalupe LRT in the city of Santa Clara, west through Sunnyvale, to the CalTrain commuter rail station in downtown Mountain View. The project will include 11 stations and will be double tracked except for single tracking in Mountain View. The Phase I West Extension will cost $325.00 million (escalated dollars). Ridership on the West Extension is projected to be 7,500 per day by 2005.


Section 3032 of ISTEA directed that the Tasman Corridor Project be included in a program of interrelated projects as part of the San Francisco Bay Area Rail Extension Program.

Preliminary engineering on the Tasman Corridor was completed in August 1992. In July 1996, FTA and SCCTD entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for $182.75 million in Federal Section 5309 New Start funds for the West Extension. The Tasman West LRT Extension is currently under construction. Originally anticipated to be open for revenue operations service by December 200, the Extension may open up to a full year earlier.

TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(80) authorizes the San Jose Tasman Corridor Light Rail project for final design and construction. Through FY 1999, Congress has appropriated $150.88 million of Section 5309 New Start funds to the project. The East Extension is being completed with State and local Measure A funding.

Locally Proposed Financing Plan

(Reported in $YOE)

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Appropriations to Date
Federal: Section 5309 New Start FFGA Amount $182.75 ($150.88 million appropriated through FY 1999
Federal: Congestion Relief Program* $37.25


Federal: CMAQ $15.92


Federal: STP $8.79


State: $54.02


Local: $26.28


Total: $325.00 Phase 1 West Extension

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.

* California Flexible Congestion Relief Program reflects a State administered allocation of Federal Flexible Funds.

[Phase I Tasman LRT Westside Extension (PDF)]