SCVTA to close two light-rail stations to speed track construction

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) will be shutting down two light-rail stations and the segment of track in between in Santa Clara, Calif., 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.


The nine-day closure of the Reamwood and Vienna stations and the light-rail tracks from May 16 to May 26 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.

The pocket track allows SCVTA to keep trains “in its pocket” without impeding trains in service. The track can hold three, three-car trains that can be deployed to meet heavier demand, allowing the system to function more efficiently and minimize delays for passengers.

The pocket track is part of SCVTA’s Light Rail Efficiency Program, a series of projects aimed at making light rail run faster, offer better connections and improve service for riders.