The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be shutting down two light rail stations and the segment of track in between in Sunnyvale to help speed up construction of the Santa Clara Pocket Track, an extra track that will hold the trains needed to meet the anticipated increases in ridership resulting from Levi’s Stadium and VTA’s extension of BART to Silicon Valley in 2017.
The 9-day closure of the Reamwood and Vienna stations and the light rail tracks, which will be scheduled for a future date, will facilitate construction efficiencies, allowing crews to work extended hours to complete a large portion of the construction for the project. Without the closure, the work would have to be done over a series of weekends and the completion date for the necessary improvement would be delayed.
Passengers will still be served, but should allow an extra 15 minutes of travel time. VTA will substitute light rail service to those two stations with bus service. That means passengers coming from either direction will get off light rail at Fair Oaks or Old Ironsides and onto a bus that will stop near both shuttered stations. Those who need to go beyond these stations can transfer back to light rail at Old Ironsides or Fair Oaks to continue their journey.