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VTA makes final recommendations for transit service plan
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) last week released final recommendations for a transit service plan that will be implemented when Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service begins later this year in Santa Clara County, California.
The plan proposes to create a new Orange Line light-rail route, change two service line names and replace the Ohlone/Chynoweth-Almaden light-rail route in San Jose with bus routes.
The proposed Orange Line would connect the Mountain View Transit Center in Mountain View and the Alum Rock Transit Center in San Jose. It will also connect with BART service at the Milpitas Station in Milpitas.
The Alum Rock-Santa Teresa line would be renamed to the Blue Line and shortened to end at Baypointe Station in San Jose instead of the Alum Rock Transit Center, while the Mountain View-Winchester line would be renamed to the Green Line.
The Green Line would also be shortened to end at Old Ironsides Station in Santa Clara instead of Downtown Mountain View in Mountain View.
Riders east of Baypointe Station and west of Old Ironsides Station would be served by the new Orange Line.
Routes would run on 20-minute frequencies on weekends to match BART frequencies.
The plan will be reviewed by VTA’s advisory and standing committees this month and VTA’s board on May 2.
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