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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) opened the first group of renovated elevators last week as part of a $4.2 million, multi-phase project to upgrade elevators and escalators along the Santa Teresa-Alum Rock line between the Virginia and Cottle light-rail stations.
The agency opened renovated elevators at the Blossom Hill, Branham and Cottle stations, which feature new floors and ceilings, controllers and emergency communications systems, VTA officials said in a prepared statement.
A second grouping will include elevators at the Capitol and Tamien stations, and both elevators at the Snell station, which will remain closed from April 4 until early July. The final grouping, consisting of elevators at the Cottle, Virginia and Hamilton stations, will close thereafter, with the entire project wrapping up by September, VTA estimates.
The elevators have been in continuous operation since 1991 and are exhibiting signs of deterioration, requiring accessibility and safety improvements, and signs of corrosion, VTA officials said.