The Valley Transportation Association will be closing Mountain View's Evelyn light rail station early next year, its board decided Aug. 7.
Several riders told the Voice that they find the station convenient, but the VTA reports that the station along Evelyn Avenue near Pioneer Way is the second least-used in the entire light rail system.
It will be demolished to make way for a second track across Central Expressway and into downtown Mountain View, eliminating a bottleneck for the 902 line, allowing better service as ridership increases, according to VTA officials.
The "Mountain View Double Track" project is estimated to cost $63 million, and work may begin this summer to add track between the downtown station and Highway 85. The Evelyn station closure is likely to happen early next year, when a second phase of construction begins, said VTA spokesperson Colleen Valles. The Evelyn park-and-ride lot will remain open.
Evelyn station users will be encouraged to use the Whisman station or the downtown Mountain View station instead.