Santa Clara VTA Light Rail

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority operates a 42.2 mile light rail system in San Jose and surrounding communities on mostly exclusive right-of-way. VTA Light Rail has 62 stations and served an average weekday ridership of 32,800 in the third quarter of 2010.

VTA runs a fleet of low-floor LRVs manufactured by Kinki Sharyo. Single-ride light rail tickets are $2.00 and are good for two hours in any direction.

Revenue service on the system began in 1987. Several extensions have been discussed in recent years, but they will likely be shelved until the BART to Silicon Valley project is complete.


Mountain View-Winchester: This line connects the Mountain View Caltrain Station to Winchester Transit Center in Campbell via downtown San Jose.

Alum Rock-Santa Teresa: This line connects the Alum Rock Transit Center to Santa Teresa Station via downtown San Jose.

Ohlone/Chynoweth-Almaden: This spur line, commonly called the Almaden Shuttle, connects it’s two namesake stations via one intermediate stop at Oakridge Mall. Riders can transfer to the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa line at Ohlone/Chynoweth.