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VTA Clears Hurdle in BART Silicon Valley Extension Project

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) recently cleared a major hurdle in its ongoing extension of BART into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, when the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a record of decision that VTA had satisfied environmental requirements to move the $4.7 billion Phase II project forward.

FTA issued the Record of Decision on June 4, effectively giving VTA the green light to begin the engineering phase of the project and apply for federal funding. On its website VTA reported it is applying for $1.5 billion in FTA New Starts Program funding, completing the Phase II funding plan. VTA has already secured 70% of the funding through two local sales tax measures and a $750 million Senate Bill 1 state grant. 

VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project is a six-mile, four-station extension that will expand BART operations from Berryessa/North San José through downtown San Jose to the City of Santa Clara. The Phase II Project completes the full 16-mile extension from the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station into Santa Clara County, enhancing regional connectivity linking BART with VTA’s light rail and bus network, Amtrak, ACE, Caltrain and Capitol Corridor. 

Phase II includes an approximately five-mile subway tunnel, three underground stations (Alum Rock/28th Street, Downtown San Jose, Diridon), and one at-grade station (Santa Clara).

According to VTA, construction is expected to start by 2021 with passenger service by 2026, serving a projected 52,000 weekday riders by 2035. Once constructed, the extension will be operated by BART as part of its regional rail system.