VTA upgrades light rail platforms. This weekend, VTA has started a project that will retrofit its south line light rail platforms to permit level boarding by eliminating en eight-inch gap between platforms and light rail vehicles. The stations that will be upgraded are: Children’s Discovery Museum, Virginia, Tamien, Curtner, Capitol, Branham, Ohlone / Chynoweth, Oakridge, Almaden, Blossom Hill, Snell, Cottle and Santa Teresa; construction will move from north to south. The retrofits, which will cost close to $23 million of mostly federal money, are expected to be finished by March 2009, so light rail riders can expect to contend with bus bridges during the construction. The first set of service updates are posted here, and periodic updates will probably be at this link throughout the year.
[Santa Clara VTA]