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January 13, 2012 > BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project anticipates federal grant

BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project anticipates federal grant

Submitted By Brandi Childress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) learned on January 9, 2012, that its $900M-grant request for the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project has received all of the administrative approvals from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). VTA can expect the award of funds through a full funding grant agreement (FFGA) 60 days from the date of notification.

The execution of an FFGA with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is the final step before active construction can commence on the project, planned for Spring 2012. The FFGA is the multi-year contractual agreement between the FTA and VTA that formally defines the project scope, cost and schedule and establishes the terms of the $900M in federal financial assistance.

"The BART Silicon Valley Project has had years of design and planning and I'm proud to see this important, job-creation project become a reality," said U.S. Congressman Mike Honda. "As a current Member of the House Appropriations Committee and a former Member of the House Transportation Committee, I promised my constituents I'd fight to ensure the BART Silicon Valley Project receives the federal funds it deserves. Today's news is one step closer to making good on that promise."

VTA submitted a grant application to the FTA in June 2011. In mid-December 2011, following review of VTA's grant request, the FTA presented an FFGA packet to the Federal Office of Management and Budget and to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. Both offices approved the grant packet before submittal, complete with project scope, schedule and cost summary, to Congress on January 9, 2012, with a recommendation for the grant award and to begin the mandatory 60-day congressional notification period. During this period, House and Senate committees may seek additional project information prior to execution of the grant award.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (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 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. VTA continues project development activities for the second 6-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

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