October 16, 2012 > Groundbreaking BART Silicon Valley
Groundbreaking BART Silicon Valley
Submitted By the office of Congressman Mike Honda
Congressman Mike Honda recently joined federal, state and local officials in breaking ground in Fremont for the Mission-Warren Area Improvement Project - an important milestone for the BART Silicon Valley project which will have long-term benefits for the new 17th Congressional District and its gate-way communities.
The 16-mile BART Silicon Valley connection will extend south from the future Warm Springs Station in Fremont to Milpitas and North San Jose then will tunnel beneath downtown San Jose, rising to street level in Santa Clara. When completed, this project is planned to include six stations - one in Milpitas, four in San Jose and one in Santa Clara.
The BART Silicon Valley project and the improvements to the Mission-Warren Area are examples of community-based vision and determination. Santa Clara County and Alameda County residents voted to reach into their own pockets to fund these job-creating projects. The voters' commitment of local and state funds - over 60 percent of the total capital cost for the BART Silicon Valley project - gave Honda the leverage to lead a local delegation in Congress to secure $900M in federal funds for the project, which will: reduce congestion and improve access to the BART system; help the environment by making public transit more accessible and affordable; bring more than 2,500 annual jobs during construction and over 7,400 permanent jobs once BART Silicon Valley is operational; and help keep Silicon Valley competitive by saving employers and employees time and money.
"I can't emphasize enough how important the commitment of local and state funds is to getting federal dollars. Therefore, I say "thank you" to the residents of Alameda County and Santa Clara County for making this project a reality," said Honda who is a former member of the House Transportation Committee and, currently, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
"Major transportation projects like BART Silicon Valley are not just about iron and steel. They're about enabling people reaching their travel destinations - quickly, safely, and comfortably - and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, cities and region. Our efforts, today, will have a lasting impact on our Valley for generations to come. Thank you once again to the local, state and federal officials involved in BART Silicon Valley and most of all to the residents of Alameda and Santa Clara counties for your vision, your determination and your collaboration," stated Honda.