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San Fernando or also known as San Fernando/SAP Center is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The station has two side platforms and two trackways. San Fernando is served by the Mountain View–Winchester light rail line.

San Fernando
Santa Clara VTA
VTA light rail station
San Fernando station (1), July 2018.JPG
San Fernando station in July 2018
Location441 West San Fernando Street
San Jose, California
Coordinates37°19′49.3″N 121°53′54.2″W / 37.330361°N 121.898389°W / 37.330361; -121.898389Coordinates: 37°19′49.3″N 121°53′54.2″W / 37.330361°N 121.898389°W / 37.330361; -121.898389
Owned byVTA
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus Routes 63, 64, 65
Construction
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened2005
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO SCvta.svg VTA Light Rail   Following station
Mountain View–Winchester
toward Winchester

The station was opened in 2005 as part of VTA's Vasona light rail extension.[1]

Station layoutEdit

Platform Northbound toward Mountain View (Convention Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound toward Winchester (San Jose Diridon)

Station amenitiesEdit

Architecture/public artEdit

 
Iiona Malka Rich sculptures and aficionados, September 22, 2012

The San Fernando Station features three public art sculptures. They are entitled “King of the Urban Jungle,” “Simba × 2,” and “Lying Beast.” All three statues are arranged together on a small circular piece of lawn on the south edge of the station.

"Artist Iiona Malka Rich created this sculpture of three, multicolored striped lions with illuminating eyes (using fiber optics) from a bronze-like material. One has eight legs with two heads, and the other two lions have six legs each. The theme for this art feature is “Life is a Circus” which is inscribed around the base of the artwork. In addition, lion footprints are “stamped” on the ground through the plaza to replicate the natural movement of these unique animals." [2]

HistoryEdit

San Fernando Station was built as part of the Vasona Light Rail extension project. This project extended VTA light rail service from the intersection of Woz Way and West San Carlos St in San Jose in a southwesterly direction to the Winchester station in western Campbell.

The official opening date for this station was to be October 1, 2005; however, revenue service was started earlier than planned on July 29, 2005 to accommodate attendees of the inaugural San Jose Grand Prix race.

The construction of this station and the rest of the Vasona Light Rail extension was part of the 1996 Measure B Transportation Improvement Program. Santa Clara County voters approved the Measure B project in 1996 along with a one half percent sales tax increase. The Vasona Light Rail extension was funded mostly by the resulting sales tax revenues with additional money coming from federal and state funding, grants, VTA bond revenues, and municipal contributions.[3]

Nearby points of interestEdit

(note: South Almaden Avenue is 1 block east of Sout Almaden Boulevard)

Connecting transitEdit

  • VTA Bus Route 63 - Almaden Valley to San Jose State University
  • VTA Bus Route 65 - Almaden LRT Station to San Jose State University
  • Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vasona Project Description". Completed projects. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  2. ^ "Vasona - San Fernando Station". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2005. Retrieved 2006-04-10.
  3. ^ "VTA to Temporarily Close Two Downtown Light Rail Stations". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-10.