Friday, December 07, 2012

Santa Clara VTA receives state funding to expand BART facilities

Santa Clara VTA receives state funding to expand BART facilities Santa Clara VTA

California Transportation Commission (CTC) has voted unanimously to allocate $50 million 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 trackwork to connect the new facilities to the existing yard tracks and tie-ins to the BART mainline.

"Investment in transportation infrastructure is an important component to delivering and maintaining optimal transit service throughout the entire Bay Area, all while adapting to the ever-growing demands being put 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.

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