SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) — With the opening of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara a few weeks away, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority staged a so-called “transit test” to deliver fans to the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
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As part of Tuesday’s scrimmage, VTA practiced getting passengers from Caltrain in Mountain View to light rail trains. Passengers crossed active tracks, and some were forced to buy a new ticket.
“Here, the station is much smaller. We are not able to accommodate really big crowds just standing around waiting for a train,” said Caltrain spokesperson Christine Dunn.READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Arrest Suspect After Knife-Wielding Man Flees 2-Alarm Apartment Fire In San Francisco's Castro
The agency admitted their numbers are a best guess, and dry runs are not a real thing.
“We have estimates, but you never know until it actually happens,” said Colleen Valles, VTA spokesperson.
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The first true test will come August 2, with the stadium playing host to a San Jose Earthquakes soccer match. On August 17, the 49ers will host their first preseason game.