VTA LRT Efficiency December 10, 2012


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  • Train dwell capacity (Mountain View, Baypointe, Alum Rock)Single-track segment between Mountain View and WhismanSignaling and operating rulesTrain storage and staging areas/pocket tracksDwell time and availability of trainsTraffic signal priorityStation platform capacity and lengthQueuing areasCenter platformsPedestrian crossings of street and rail rights-of-wayUsed for trains operating in both directions
  • The opening of a new, 68,500 seat stadium for the SF 49ers in Santa Clara will place unprecedented demands upon the VTA system.Total peak transit demand will occur before a weeknight game, when stadium services will coincide with the PM peak period commute period. Greatest demand for additional VTA vehicles and operators will occur before and after a Sunday afternoon game, when the # of vehicles and operators in regular service is at its least.Phase 1 of the LRT Efficiency Alternatives Analysis indicates the best strategy to serve the 49ers Stadium is to expedite implementation of the 2017 BART LRT Improvement Plan.
  • Speed regulated by CPUC general order 143BProject will include signal prioritization and some combination of fencing,gates, and/or flashers to protect the LRT ROW and improve safetyTSP project will implement real time transit signal prioritization and LRV detection system that enables multiple city and county stakeholders to cooperate to provide LRTtrain prioritization to increase operating speeds.
  • VTA LRT Efficiency December 10, 2012

    1. 1. Light Rail Efficiency Project,2012 October 12, December 10, 2012 1
    2. 2. VTA Light Rail System32,716 weekday ridership42.2 miles, 62 stations 6.3.C 2
    3. 3. Light Rail Efficiency Projects• Board Adopted LRT Improvement Plan May 2010• Speed up system, open new markets, improve cost recovery• Improve connectivity to BART and other regional services, increase ridership• Anticipate employment and population growth• Support new 49ers Stadium 3
    4. 4. LRT Systems Analysis Background • Project began in September 2008, Board adopted mid 2010 • LRT is Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Operations Analysis • Comprehensive evaluation of the existing light rail system -- focus on making the system as effective and efficient as possible • Operations and capital improvements analyzed and tested • Evaluation of the LRT system to handle projected passenger growth to the year 2018 and 2035 4
    5. 5. 2010 Study Goals • Increase Ridership • Calculate changes in ridership vs. No Build • Speed up the System • Compute differences in average operating speed • Spend Money Wisely • Check whether proposed scenarios lead to improved farebox recovery ratio • Be More Relevant to the Needs of the Valley • Review how specific ridership gains compare to Market Analysis opportunities 5
    6. 6. Light Rail System: Constraints Single Track Merge Points At-grade Intersections Future Transit Connections Existing Transit Traffic Signal Connections Priority Downtown Transit Mall Single Track 6
    7. 7. Market Analysis: Transit Competitive Factor & Core Network Area Origin Destination Both < 25 25 - 50 50 - 100 100 - 200 > 200 7
    8. 8. LRT Efficiency Project will increase return on LRT investment Peer Comparison: VTA ridership low given scale of LRT system 200,000 100 180,000 90 160,000 80 Average Weekday Ridership 140,000 70 LRT Route Miles 120,000 60 100,000 50 80,000 40 60,000 30 40,000 20 20,000 10 0 - VTA Salt Lake City Sacramento Denver Portland Boardings per Mile: 460 1,420 800 1,010 1,160 Average Weekday Boardings LRT Route Miles 8
    9. 9. New 49ers Stadium Accelerates Need to Deliver Planned Improvements August 2014 9Source: 49ers Stadium EIR, 2009/ AECOM, 2012
    10. 10. BART Extension creates new demand for transit feederservice on LRT and Bus Network: 60% Milpitas BARTriders projected to arrive by transit; LRT’s MontagueStation provides direct connection at Milpitas BART
    11. 11. Guadalupe Express All-Day Express Service: Santa Teresa to Alum Rock– Current Major expansion of existing limited express service Local service from Almaden to Mountain View– no transfers! Winchester Line loops through downtown and turns back Proposed Non-stop ServiceDowntown Run-Around Track supports increased frequency,Maximizes Three-Car Train capacity on trunk routesRun-Around Track Alternatives under consultation withCity of San Jose and Community Stakeholders 11 11
    12. 12. Tasman Express (Long T) Establish new LRT Corridor to Connect with BART New Line from Mountain View to Alum Rock • Express between Mountain View and Old Current Ironsides in peak • Requires double tracking Mountain View and pocket track near Great America Proposed Double Track alternatives under consultation with Caltrain, City, and County 12 12
    13. 13. N. First Street Speed Improvements, System-wide Transit Signal Priority • Currently operating at maximum of 35 mph on N. First St, goal is 45mph • Fencing corridor also improves safety • System-wide Transit Signal Priority improvements will reduce transit travel times, funded by MTC Transit Performance Initiative grant 13 13
    14. 14. 2017Basic Service 14
    15. 15. 2014“New Normal” Service 15
    16. 16. 2014Stadium Event Service 16
    17. 17. Phase I LRT Improvements will:• Expand pilot Guadalupe Express service to all-day Express Service on Santa Teresa to Alum Rock line• Establish new service from Almaden to Mountain View, with direct service from Almaden to Downtown San Jose• Turn back Winchester service from Campbell in Downtown San Jose• Establish new special event service between Mountain View and Alum Rock; prepare for future BART connection/Tasman Express line• Reduce travel times system-wide with speed improvement projects 17
    18. 18. San Jose: Downtown Run-Around TrackPreferred Improvement: Install new run-around track in either 1stor 2nd Street bus lane between St. James and St. John Streets• Needed to implement increased LRT Service and to ensure transit riders do not experience delay on single-track segments• LRT and bus lane will share former bus lane• Consistent with City’s plans for transit priority on 1st and 2nd Streets; Avoids taking parkland• Continuing in consultation with City of San Jose and local stakeholders• Capital cost, Order of magnitude = $ 6.0 to 8.0 M 18
    19. 19. Illustration of Proposed Run-Around Track installed in existing Bus Only lane on 2nd St 19
    20. 20. Conceptual Design San Jose: Downtown Run-Around TrackNew track will be the active line for southbound through trains whenWinchester line lays over on the existing track. 20
    21. 21. Winchester Train Dwells for 5-7 minutes between Inbound and Outbound runs onexisting Track at St James Station 22
    22. 22. Almaden Train arriving from north while Winchester Train is laying over 23
    23. 23. Almaden Train pulls into St. James Station on Run-Around Track, serves station anddeparts 24
    24. 24. Santa Teresa Train pulls into St. James Station, serves station and departs 25
    25. 25. Thank you for your time and feedback.Sarah Syed, LRT Efficiency Project Managersarah.syed@vta.org408-321-5572 26