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VTA receives state funding to expand BART facilities
By Brandi Childress
Improved BART Hayward Maintenance complex will accommodate expanded fleet
SAN JOSE, Calif.
-- The California Transportation Commission (CTC) voted unanimously at their December 6, 2012 meeting to allocate $50M in State funding to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) grant will help expand and improve the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Hayward Maintenance Complex to accommodate the additional fleet and other system and operational needs when the future BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension comes online. The recent state allocation will go towards a reconfigured shop to maintain the BART Silicon Valley extension fleet, a component repair shop and track work to connect the new facilities to the existing yard tracks and tie-ins to the BART mainline.
“Investment in transportation infrastructure is important to deliver and maintain optimal transit service throughout the entire Bay Area while adapting to the ever-growing demands on public transportation systems like BART and VTA as our valley becomes less dependent on cars,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor and VTA Board Chairman Ken Yeager.
“Today, my California Transportation Commission colleagues and I gave 50 million more reasons why we believe BART to Silicon Valley is an important investment," said CTC Commissioner and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. "The improvements funded will support the plan for future increases to the BART fleet, services and efficiencies that will be demanded by the 560,000 daily riders BART will carry in 2025; almost 46,000 of those trips will be generated by the new Berryessa extension and service to San Jose."
The 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 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 six-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, contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 934-2662, TTY only (408) 321-2330, or visit www.vta.org/bart.