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February 21, 2012 > BART in President's budget

BART in President's budget

Submitted By Brandi Childress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) BART Silicon Valley Project has been included in the President's $74 billion proposed U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) budget as a $150M allocation in funding for Federal FY 2013. VTA requested a total of $900M in federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts Program for the Berryessa Extension, the first 10-mile phase of BART Silicon Valley. Execution of a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for $900M is expected by mid-March 2012.

The FFGA is a 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. Following the FFGA, VTA plans to break ground on April 12, 2012. Construction on the Berryessa Extension is planned for 2012-16, with system testing and passenger service beginning soon after.

"This is great news for the BART project. It reinforces our partnership with the federal government to bring major public transportation infrastructure to Silicon Valley," said VTA General Manager Michael T. Burns. "In the short-term, the project will impact thousands of jobs while, in the long-term, provide an environmentally beneficial transportation investment in Santa Clara County."

The Berryessa Extension is a 10-mile, two station project, beginning south of the future BART Warm Springs Station in Fremont, through Milpitas and ending in the Berryessa area of north San Jose. Once completed, thousands of jobs will be created to operate and maintain the system and support transit-oriented development.

The President's budget for the current fiscal year includes $100M bringing the total to $250M in federal funds planned for the project in FY12 and FY13.

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.

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