The layout and design of the parking garage at the Mineta San Jose International Airport is perfectly suited to accept the addition of a high speed rail station.
After ascending to an aerial structure, the rail line
would split to four tracks, providing loops for trains stopping at the
airport station, and two mainline tracks. With the airport soon to
undergo a major expansion, the rail station could integrated into the
overall design of the complex. While the airport has yet to release
detailed expansion plans, the roof of the existing parking garage seems
to provide a perfect fit.
In the photo-simulation above, the station is shown on
the easternmost parking lane on the upper deck of the airport's parking
structure. The station would extend past the parking garage deck, over
a portion of the airport circulation roadway. The building to the left
the photo is the entrance to the terminal building. The connection from
the terminal to the two railway platforms would be one level down in
the garage. The rail-air
connection would be the closest of any envisioned anywhere along the
Due to the airport's proximinity to the regional
highway system, this station would provide an excellent location for
people who wish to drive to a station and park. Additionally, the
established ground transportation providers at the airport would also
be available to passengers on the high speed railway.
Leaving the airport, the railway remains on an aerial
structure to cross US 101. It crosses undeveloped fields and turns to
align with Trimble Road.
After crossing North First Street, the aerial structure
runs above the median of Trimble Road. The median would be landscaped,
to beautify the street.
The aerial would look much like the
recently-constructed aerial for the VTA along Great Mall Parkway.
The aerial would continue east, running in the median
of the Montague Expressway to Interstate 880. After crossing I-880, the
line would curve onto the ex-SP right-of-way, transitioning from aerial
to open cut by Great Mall Parkway.
A significant station for local trains would be built
adjacent to the Great Mall, providing a direct interchange with the
VTA's light rail system. Loop tracks would allow mainline trains to
pass through the station without slowing.
North of the Great Mall area, the line would return to
grade, and utilize the ex-WP right-of-way, recently purchased by VTA.
Many of the crossings are already grade separated.
Passing loops and a station would be built for local
trains at the site of the proposed Warm Springs BART station. The
railway would remain at grade all the way to Paseo Padre Parkway in
Fremont, where it would descend into a cut and cover approach to the
junction with the Peninsula line.