Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA-17) recently toured the 10-mile Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Extension Project.
SCVTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez, along with support staff, provided Rep. Honda with a detailed tour and highlighted current progress, including a 1.25-mile trench for trains and station in Milpitas and the framework and foundation for station, platform and elevated track way in San Jose.
“The tour provided visual evidence of the investment Santa Clara county voters made to enhance mobility and spur the economy,” said Rep. Honda. “It was exciting to see the emerging BART stations, as well as all the development happening around the station areas. As an appropriator, I was proud to have supported federal funding for this project.”
The Silicon Valley Extension 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.
SCVTA 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.