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St. James Park Neighborhood12, 2012 December 3, 2012                    October Meeting,                                  ...
Light Rail Efficiency Projects• Board Adopted LRT Improvement Plan May 2010• Speed up system, open new markets,  improve c...
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New 49ers Stadium Accelerates Need to Deliver                                     Planned Improvements                    ...
Phase I LRT Improvements will:• Expand pilot Guadalupe Express service to all-day Express  Service on Santa Teresa to Alum...
2017Basic Service                6
2014“New Normal”   Service     7
2014Stadium Event   Service      8
San Jose: Downtown Run-Around TrackPreferred Improvement: Install new run-around track in 2nd Streetbus lane between St. J...
VTA PREFERRED                 New track will be the active line for                  SOLUTION                    southboun...
Conceptual Design           San Jose: Downtown Run-Around TrackNew track will be the active line for southbound through tr...
Illustration of Proposed Run-Around Track installed in existing Bus Only lane on 2nd St                                   ...
Winchester Train Dwells for 5-7 minutes between Inbound and Outbound runs onexisting Track at St James Station            ...
Almaden Train arriving from north while Winchester Train is laying over                                                   ...
Almaden Train pulls into St. James Station on Run-Around Track, serves station anddeparts                                 ...
Santa Teresa Train pulls into St. James Station, serves station and departs                                               ...
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Project presents opportunity to    support St James Park improvements• 2002 St James Park Master Plan used as a resource  ...
St James Park Master Plan on TransitThe existing chain and bollard determent at the light rail is appropriate as a guide t...
St James Master Plan on      Street                       2 nd               and Pedestrian CirculationThe vehicular traff...
St James Master Plan on Vegetation The character of Saint James Park is due in large part to its vegetation. Several of th...
St James Park Master Plan on LightingRecommendations:Bring light levels up to recommended light levels for safety and secu...
Thank you for your time and feedback.To be informed of future project meetings, please  email Sarah Syed, LRT Efficiency P...
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VTA Light Rail Efficiency

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Valley Transportation Authority presentation to St. James Park Community on 12/03/12 at Silicon Valley Athletic Club. To be informed of future community meetings, please email sarah.syed@vta.org.

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VTA Light Rail Efficiency

  1. 1. St. James Park Neighborhood12, 2012 December 3, 2012 October Meeting, 1
  2. 2. 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 2
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. New 49ers Stadium Accelerates Need to Deliver Planned Improvements August 2014 4Source: 49ers Stadium EIR, 2009/ AECOM, 2012
  5. 5. 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, including 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 5
  6. 6. 2017Basic Service 6
  7. 7. 2014“New Normal” Service 7
  8. 8. 2014Stadium Event Service 8
  9. 9. San Jose: Downtown Run-Around TrackPreferred Improvement: Install new run-around track in 2nd Streetbus lane between St. James and St. John Streets• Needed to implement increased LRT Service and ensure transit riders do not experience delay due to 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; Fewer traffic impacts than 1st Street option• Continuing in consultation with City of San Jose and local stakeholders; 1st Street alternative also serves transit need• Capital cost order of magnitude = $ 6.0 to 8.0 M 9
  10. 10. VTA PREFERRED New track will be the active line for SOLUTION southbound through trains; stored or waiting trains will hold on the existing track. 2nd Street Two-Car TrainDEVINE Street 1st Street 120’ 40’ 20’ 0’ 40’ 80’ SCALE: 1” = 40’ One LRV Length 90’ Two-Car Train 182’ Three-Car Train 275’ 10
  11. 11. 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. 11
  12. 12. Illustration of Proposed Run-Around Track installed in existing Bus Only lane on 2nd St 12
  13. 13. Winchester Train Dwells for 5-7 minutes between Inbound and Outbound runs onexisting Track at St James Station 13
  14. 14. Almaden Train arriving from north while Winchester Train is laying over 14
  15. 15. Almaden Train pulls into St. James Station on Run-Around Track, serves station anddeparts 15
  16. 16. Santa Teresa Train pulls into St. James Station, serves station and departs 16
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  18. 18. Project presents opportunity to support St James Park improvements• 2002 St James Park Master Plan used as a resource to inform understanding of park vision• VTA is also consulting with City Parks & Recreation staff to understand current park priorities 18
  19. 19. St James Park Master Plan on TransitThe existing chain and bollard determent at the light rail is appropriate as a guide todiscourage traffic onto the light rail tracks. Extension of this warning device may benecessary as the Master Plan Update design develops.Recommendations:Character of the site features along the Second Street and First Street light railcorridor/transit malls should reflect the transit mall and not the park. Retention ofthe existing features in these areas is recommended. 19
  20. 20. St James Master Plan on Street 2 nd and Pedestrian CirculationThe vehicular traffic on Second Street limits a sense of unification within the park and impedespedestrian park users. Analysis of the feasibility of closing Second Street was studied as part ofthe Master Plan Update and the final conclusion was that it would not be advisable to closeSecond Street based on traffic patterns and the difficulty of rerouting public transit.“Pedestrian circulation recommendations”To give pedestrians a more pleasant experience as they walk through the park, the sidewalksalong Saint James and Saint John Streets are planted with new allees of elm trees. The parkingalong Saint John Street is removed and replaced with turf and trees to create the allee of trees.The sidewalks along Saint James and Saint John Streets remain in their current location. There isno change to the sidewalks along First and Third Streets. Second Street remains open to vehiculartraffic. 20
  21. 21. St James Master Plan on Vegetation The character of Saint James Park is due in large part to its vegetation. Several of the trees in the park are designated“Heritage Trees”. This designation is given to trees that are of a significant species and have either a historicalsignificance or are of a significant size.Trees that have received the heritage designation include twenty-one Washingtonia filifera palms along First Street,two Quercus macrocarpa (Burr Oak) in the center of the park on either side of Second Street, and one UlmusAmericana (American Elm) near the corner of Saint James Street and Third Street. The palms along First Street appearin historical photographs of the park and are estimated to be over a hundred years old; they constitute astrong identity element for the park.Several other trees nominated for Heritage Tree status have not received the designation. These include a Magnoliagrandiflora; Aesculus hippocastenum and two Eucalyptus citriodora located in the southeast park quadrant; threeUlmus Americana along Saint James Street; a Quercus agrifolia near Second Street and three Cedrus deodara at ThirdStreet near the Senior Center. The Ulmus are currently in poor condition and may need to be removed at some time inthe future. It is unknown at this time whether these trees will receive the Heritage designation.Most of the trees are in good health and can be expected to have a long life span. Others are in decline and may needto be removed in the near future. Multiple trees were added as a result of the 1988 Master Plan. These trees are forthe most part in good health. Many Platanus acerifolia (London Plane Tree) were added along Second Street as a resultof the transit mall light rail construction. These trees are of substantial size and in good health. They form a strongcanopy and urban design connection along the Second Street light rail corridor. 21
  22. 22. St James Park Master Plan on LightingRecommendations:Bring light levels up to recommended light levels for safety and securityEliminate high pressure sodium light sources and replace with metal halide light sources. 22
  23. 23. Thank you for your time and feedback.To be informed of future project meetings, please email Sarah Syed, LRT Efficiency Project Manager sarah.syed@vta.org 408-321-5572 23

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