Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority says it does not plan to reduce light-rail service in order to move more cars at Levi’s Stadium during the post-game traffic crunch.
As fans left the new Santa Clara stadium’s first 49ers game on Sunday, the Mercury reported that drivers “were trapped in their [parking] lots up to two hours as a constant stream of pedestrians and trains blocked their paths.” Jim Mercurio, the 49ers vice president for operations, told the Mercury that “his team will look at slowing down train service, perhaps to every seven or eight minutes, to let more vehicles through.” Trains were run every five minutes after Sunday’s game.
VTA spokesperson Colleen Valles was quoted in the article saying, “We have extra capacity,” giving the impression that the agency would go along with the idea.
A recent assertion that light rail was impeding traffic and that the frequency of light rail service to the stadium needs to be decreased to allow more cars through may have raised the concern of some of our riders: is VTA really considering slowing down trains to benefit cars?
The short answer is no.