San Jose, California/Tasman West LRT
Tasman West LRT
San Jose, California
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 Courtís invalidation of the Measure A sales tax led 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 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 includes 11 stations and is double tracked, except for some single tracking in Mountain View. The Phase I - West Extension has a total cost of $325.00 million (escalated dollars). Ridership on the West Extension is projected to reach 7,500 per day by 2005.
Section 3032 of Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act 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) with a commitment of $182.75 million in Federal Section 5309 New Starts funds for the West Extension. Construction of the Tasman West LRT Extension has been completed. Originally anticipated to be open for revenue operations by December 2000, the extension opened on December 17, 1999, a year ahead of schedule.
TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(80) authorized the San Jose Tasman Corridor Light Rail project for final design and construction. Through FY 2001, Congress has appropriated $182.64 million of Section 5309 New Starts funds to the project. The East Extension is being completed with State and local Measure A funding.