San Jose

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Overview - San José

Located at the south end of the San Francisco Bay in the Santa Clara Valley, San José is the seat of Santa Clara County and the third largest city by population in California. It has approximately 1,030,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. The San José metropolitan area (San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara) comprised 1,999,107 residents as of the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate.


San José's rapid transit network consists of three light rail services. It also has two commuter rail services and two rapid transit services planned to extend into the city.

VTA Light Rail

Opened 1987, VTA Light Rail consists of three light rail services that serve the city of San José, California and the surrounding suburbs.

Blue Line

The Blue Line of the VTA Light Rail is a 27.4 km light rail service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Baypointe in the north to Santa Teresa in the south via Downtown San José, serving 26 stations. It shares its track with the Green Line between Tasman and Convention Center.


The predecessor to the current Blue Line opened in December 1987 with the Guadelupe Line. Service was last reconfigured in December 2019 when it was cut back to Baypointe from Alum Rock. The Blue Line is owned and operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Blue15'15'20'20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Green Line

The Green Line of the VTA Light Rail is a 35.89 km light rail service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Old Ironsides in the north to Winchester in the south via Downtown San José, serving 26 stations. It shares its track with the Blue Line between Tasman and Convention Center.


The predecessor to the current Green Line opened in December 1987 with the Guadalupe Line. Service was last reconfigured in December 2019 when it was cut back to Old Ironsides from Mountain View. The Green Line is owned and operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Green15'15'20'20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Orange Line

The Orange Line of the VTA Light Rail is a 25.4 km light rail service on an East-West alignment. It runs from Mountain View in the west to Alum Rock in the east, serving 26 stations.


The predecessor to the current Orange Line opened in December 1999 with the Tasman West extension. The current service was created in December 2019 during the service reconfiguration. The Orange Line is owned and operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Orange15'15'20'20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020

BART

For information on BART, refer to the San Francisco-Oakland Page, covering the northern half of the Bay Area.

Caltrain

Caltrain

Caltrain is a 124.6 km commuter rail line on a North-South alignment. It runs from San Francisco in the north to Gilroy in the south via San José, serving 32 stations including 4 additional ones on certain days. Service between San Jose Diridon and Gilroy is weekday peak hours only.


Caltrain was opened in its current form in 1985.

ACE

ACE

The Altamont Corridor Express is a 137 km commuter rail line on an East-West alignment. It runs from Stockton in the east to San José in the west, serving 10 stations. It runs peak hours only, with very limited service on Saturdays and no service on Sundays.


The ACE was opened in its current form in October 1998. The ACE is owned by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission.

References & Helpful Links

VTA Light Rail at Wikipedia

Caltrain at Wikipedia

ACE Commuter Rail at Wikipedia

Official Website for VTA Light Rail: Valley Transportation Authority

Official Website for Caltrain: Caltrain

Official Website for ACE Commuter Rail: Altamont Corridor Express


Maps

All Official Maps - VTA [Last Accessed Feb 27, 2020]

Official System Map - VTA Light Rail [PDF] [Last Accessed Feb 27, 2020]


Other Sources

San José, USA at Urbanrail.net

Asset Notes

VTA line and icon colors taken from official map as of Jan 2020 (post network restructuring).

Caltrain color taken from official logo on Wikipedia as of Feb 2020.

ACE colors taken from official logo on Wikipedia as of Feb 2020.

BART color taken from official logo on Wikipedia as of Feb 2020. Line colors taken from official map as of Feb 2020.