August 26, 2014 > State allocation for BART Silicon Valley
State allocation for BART Silicon Valley
Submitted By Brandi Childress
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) recently received the sixth and final allocation from the State of CaliforniaÕs Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) for VTAÕs BART Silicon Valley (BSV). The $39 million will bring the total amount of TCRP funding received for BSV to $649 million. With this latest installment, the California Transportation Commission (CTC), who is responsible for overseeing state-funded transportation programs, will have allocated a total of $768 million to BSV.
VTAÕs BART Silicon Valley was identified as one of 53 projects statewide eligible to receive TCRP funds in 2000, when legislation passed creating the program. The funds to date have generally been applied to the environmental, design and construction activities that are either complete or underway, including trench and bridge construction to separate the BART system from major roadways and construction of stations. The allocation will help fund construction of the Milpitas and Berryessa BART station campuses and towards design and construction of the parking structures at the two stations.
ÒBringing BART to San Jose is a priority because whatÕs good for Silicon Valley is great for the state of California,Ó said California State Senator Jim Beall. ÒThe CTCÕs support of the extension of BART into Santa Clara County is a tremendous boost to the valleyÕs economic growth and vitality. CTCÕs annual funding commitment during the past six years -- as well as its strong partnership -- has been an immense benefit to this important project.Ó
For more information please contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 934-2662, (TTY only) (408) 321-2330, or visit www.vta.org/bart.