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August 13, 2013 > BART Silicon Valley Berryessa extension awarded $40 million

BART Silicon Valley Berryessa extension awarded $40 million

Submitted By Brandi Childress

Another $40 million in Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) funding was allocated to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) BART Silicon Valley Project by the California Transportation Commission (CTC). The funding approval for Fiscal Year 2014, made during the CTC August meeting, marks the fifth of six installments under the State of California TCRP Allocation Plan which was adopted by the CTC in September 2008.

"BART to Silicon Valley is firmly on-track," said California Transportation Commission Vice-Chair Carl Guardino, who is CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. "This funding will stimulate the economy and job growth, plus ultimately enhance local and regional rail access. When the BART line reaches San Jose in four years it will provide a convenient public transportation option to the hub of the innovation economy and reduce freeway overcrowding."

The current $40 million allocation is designated for construction of the 10-mile BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension. Current construction activities include trenching and bridge construction to separate the future BART system from major roadways, major utility relocations throughout the project corridor, and the foundation for the Berryessa BART Station.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Project is a 16-mile extension of the existing BART system to San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara, which will be delivered through a phased approach. The first phase, the Berryessa Extension, is a 10-mile, two-station extension, beginning in Fremont south of the future BART Warm Springs Station and proceeding in the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way through Milpitas, the location of the first station, and then to the Berryessa area of north San Jose, at the second station. VTA continues project development activities for the second 6-mile phase of the project that includes a 5.1 mile-long subway tunnel through downtown San Jose, and ends at grade in Santa Clara near the Caltrain Station. Construction on the second phase of the project will commence as additional funding is secured.

For more information about BART Silicon Valley, please contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 934-2662, (TTY only) (408) 321-2330, or visit www.vta.org/bart.

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