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Mountain View Double-Track Project May 22 Presentation

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This presentation and the slides at the end was delivered at a May 22, 2014 public input meeting. The meeting was held to gather input about the draft environmental document that VTA released on May 15

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Mountain View Double-Track Project May 22 Presentation

  1. 1. 1 Mountain View Double Track Phase II Public Meeting Agenda 6:00 to 6:30 pm Open House View displays and ask questions 6:30 to 7:00 pm Project Presentation 7:00 to 8:00 pm Public Comment and Open House
  2. 2. Mountain View Double Track Phase II May 22, 2014 Light Rail Efficiency Project
  3. 3. 3 Agenda • Introduction • Project Purpose and Need • Project Description • Environmental Analysis • Public Comment Process
  4. 4. 4 Purpose and Need • Remove single track constraints which limit the flexibility of operations and connections between light rail and other services like Caltrain • Improve overall system performance and reliability • Accommodate future demand and special events at Levi’s Stadium
  5. 5. 5 Project Description • Add a second light rail track between SR 85 and Whisman Light Rail Station to enable simultaneous northbound and southbound train operations • Close and remove of Evelyn Light Rail Station • Install light rail support systems • Remove landscaping
  6. 6. 6 Project Map
  7. 7. 7 Environmental Review • Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration • California Environmental Quality Act Checklist Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hazards and Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise/Vibration Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Transportation/Traffic Utilities/Service Systems
  8. 8. 8 Transportation/Traffic • No significant traffic impacts would occur at the Whisman Station Drive and Ferguson Drive intersections along Central Expressway • A Traffic Management Plan will be prepared to minimize traffic impacts during project construction • Downtown Mountain View and Whisman Light Rail Stations would be able to accommodate riders who utilize Evelyn Light Rail Station • Evelyn Park and Ride Lot would be partially closed during construction but remain open after the Project
  9. 9. 9 Noise and Vibration • Noise measurements at 12 sites
  10. 10. 10 Noise and Vibration • Construction and operation related noise and vibration levels were calculated at sensitive receptors along the Project • Project noise and vibration levels are below FTA thresholds • Most construction activities would take place during the day, but some night work is required • Measures would be implemented to reduce construction-related noise impacts
  11. 11. 11 Schedule • Public Review Period: May 15 to June 16, 2014 • Final Initial Study / MND: July 2014 • VTA Board of Directors considers approval of the Project: August 7, 2014 • Construction would begin in early 2015 and end in late 2015
  12. 12. 12 Public Review • Verbal comment tonight • Written comment card (available tonight) • Email: LRE.InitialStudy@vta.org • Postal mail: VTA, Environmental Programs and Resources Management Attention: Tom Fitzwater 3331 North First Street, Building B-2 San Jose, California 95134-1927
  13. 13. 13 Speaker Guidelines • Please submit a speaker card • The moderator will call each speaker • Speakers will have 3 minutes to present comments • Clearly state your name for the record • We will not be responding to your comments tonight • Responses will be in the Final Initial Study / MND • Comments must be received by June 16, 2014
  14. 14. 14 Community Outreach • For further information about the project please contact: Ethan Winston Title: Public Communications Specialist Phone: (408) 321-5978 Email: Ethan.Winston@vta.org • Project website: vta.org/lre-mv
  15. 15. Caltrain Realignment Design: May 2014 Contract award: August 2014 Completion: December 2014 Environmental: April 2013 Design: April 2014 Contract award: August 2014 Completion: July 2015 Environmental: August 2014 Design: July 2014 Contract award: November 2014 Completion: December 2015 Double Track Phase 1 Project Schedule 2013 2014 2015 Double Track Phase 2 Phase 1 Phase 2 Caltrain 2016 2017 BART Extension to Silicon ValleySuper Bowl L Caltrain $6.4 Million Phase 1 $26.6 Million Phase 2 $30 Million Total Project Cost: $63 Million We Want to Hear From You Over the next few months we will be coming to neighborhood meetings and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the specifics that affect your area and ask VTA staff about the project. In late May, we’ll have a public hearing on the Double Track Phase 2 Environmental study. Let us know if you would like a meeting in your community or place of work. Sign up on our mailing list and our Gov Delivery System will notify you by email when new information is available on this project. Stay tuned for project updates. Introduction Light Rail Project Mountain View Double Track Budget and Schedule Light Rail Project How to contact us: Project website: vta.org/lre-mv Project e-mail: community.outreach@vta.org Project phone number: (408) 321-7575 TTY only: (408) 321-7575
  16. 16. Source: Esri, i-cubed, USDA, USGS, AEX, GeoEye, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, and the GIS User Community Central Expressway Central ExpresswayEvelyn Avenue Evelyn Avenue Existing Evelyn Station Existing Pedestrian Tunnel Proposed Second Track Existing Park and Ride (remains open) Introduction Light Rail Project Mountain View Double Track Evelyn Station Closure Light Rail Project Phase 2 Double Track Impact Evelyn Station is located in between Caltrain’s tracks and VTA’s single track, where the second light rail track needs to be located To accommodate the second track, without narrowing Central Expressway or Evelyn Ave, VTA proposes closure of Evelyn Station in January 2015 Closure of Evelyn station will include outreach and analysis to determine impacts to riders and the surrounding community. Average Weekday Ridership: 66 Boardings (2nd lowest of 59 Stations) 79% Evelyn Park and Ride Occupancy (150/189 spaces full) 9-16 Light Rail riders park on typical weekday; lot serves mostly non-Light Rail use Evelyn Station was constructed to handle anticipated overflow from Downtown Mountain View Station. Today Evelyn Station is one of VTA’s lowest ridership stations. The low ridership is due to poor connectivity with the surrounding neighborhood and lack of jobs and housing nearby. When taken out of service, customers will use either Mountain View or Whisman Stations. Adjacent stations are both 0.7 miles from Evelyn, approximately 12-15 minute walk time. Evelyn Station is accessible only from Evelyn Avenue, through a pedestrian tunnel. Central Expressway is a barrier to walk, bike, and drive access. While the need to close Evelyn arose due to the Phase 2 Double Track Project, station closure is consistent with VTA’s Transit Sustainability Policy. • • • • •
  17. 17. 85 W. EVELYN AVE CENTRAL EXPWY CALDERON StevensCreek PIONEER M OOR PARK BUSH CASTROST DANA E. EVELYN AVE WHISMAN Downtown MountainView Transit Center Evelyn Station Whisman Station Whisman Park and Ride Lot CENTRAL EXPWY Evelyn Park and Ride Lot Existing VTA Traction Power Substation 237 Mountain View Park and Ride Lot Caltrain Realignment Phase 1 Project Phase 2 Project Proposed Construction Staging Area Existing Station VTA Light Rail Caltrain Relocated Signal Crossing Station Area (Closure) Phase 1 Adds 1400 feet of track and constructs replacement storage track Phase 2 Adds 3000 feetof track, closes Evelyn Station, relocates crossing and signal equipment Caltrain Realignment Shifts Caltrain tracks to create space for second light rail track What’s the Project? Why Double Track? Mountain View Double Track project will construct a second track between Mountain View and Whisman Stations where currently only one track exists. Total track length: The Double Track will enable VTA to: • Introduce new service from Mountain View to Alum Rock • Increase connectivity with Caltrain and the future Milpitas BART station • Serve growing residential and commercial development • Respond to demand at Levi’s Stadium • Improve system-wide on-time performance, reduce train bunching VTA is planning to complete the project in time to meet the demands on the system from Super Bowl 50 in 2016. The single track segment at the end of the Mountain View line is a major choke point, which limits the amount of service VTA can operate and triggers delays that impact the entire system Faster, more frequent, more reliable service means riders can get to where they are going faster When BART and new Light Rail service open in 2017, riders can expect time savings ranging from 17 to 30 percent, depending on where they’re going Mountain View Double Track Project Overview Light Rail Project • • • Proposed Station Closure

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