April 20, 2012 > Groundbreaking for BART extension project
Groundbreaking for BART extension project
Largest public works project in County's history
Submitted By Brandi Childress
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) broke ground on the 10-mile BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 1404 Mabury Road, just south of the future Berryessa Station in San Jose.
"Silicon Valley residents are eager for BART expansion. As gas prices soar and traffic congestion increases, commuters need more transit options," said Santa Clara County Supervisor and VTA Board Chairman Ken Yeager.
Construction of the 10-mile, two station project is planned for 2012-2016. Initial construction activities include relocating utilities and preparing the future station areas for construction. Other current and near-term work includes construction at major intersections that the BART system will cross. Installing the tracks for BART will be one of the last construction activities.
"Bringing BART to Milpitas spurs development and the local economy and provides residents a convenient transit access to the entire bay area region," said Pete McHugh, City of Milpitas Vice Mayor.
The first major design and construction contract, valued at $772M for the line, track, systems and stations, was awarded in December of 2011 to Design Builder Skanska-Shimmick-Herzog, a Joint Venture. Their proposal projected an accelerated construction schedule for the project that may result in passenger service sooner than 2018.
In March 2012, VTA received a $900M grant commitment from the FTA for the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project, along with the first $100M allocation. The cost of the project is approximately $2.3 billion, which will be funded through $900M in federal assistance, $251M in state funding and $1.179 billion from the Measure A sales tax.
In November 2000, a package of transit improvements known as Measure A was overwhelmingly approved by a 70.3 percent majority vote, authorizing a 30-year, 1/2 cent sales tax to construct the largest infrastructure project in Silicon Valley. Eight years later, county residents passed a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund the operating and maintenance costs of the BART Extension.