February 13, 2018 > Primary mission: Safety and reliability
Primary mission: Safety and reliability
Submitted By Stacey Hendler Ross
VTA is reforecasting a passenger service date for Phase I of the BART Silicon Valley Project, which will run from Warm Springs in Fremont to Berryessa in North San Jose. The estimated opening date for BART service is fall 2018.
The VTA team expects to complete the last series of required milestones on the project this March, after which time BART takes control of the completed facilities and performs testing and training to fully integrate the system. BART has consistently stated that it prefers to have six months to complete pre-revenue operations. This will allow BART the time and opportunity to make their own assessment for when they will be able to put the new 10-mile extension into passenger service.
Over the past several months, VTA has invested significant additional technical resources to train control engineering and testing in an effort to expedite the project and to relieve some of the burden on BART when it takes over the next phase of testing and training. Despite these extraordinary efforts, it is necessary to push back the estimated opening date from the original June 2018 projection.
After five years of construction and $2.3 billion dollars in investment, VTA?s number one priority is to deliver a safe, reliable and fully integrated service. We appreciate the community?s anticipation of this important transportation project and we are looking forward to a significant improvement in mobility throughout Santa Clara County when BART service to Silicon Valley begins.