BART Silicon Valley Phase 2 Project receives $125 million funding allocation

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VTAs BART Phase II Extension Alignment 0

USA: The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allocated $125 million to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase II project. This is the first project to receive a funding allocation under FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program.

The BART Silicon Valley Phase II project is a 6.5-mile extension of the BART system from the Berryessa Station through downtown San Jose to the City of Santa Clara. The total estimated project cost is $5.58 billion and VTA has requested $1.395 billion in federal funding through FTA’s Pilot Programme. 

Santa Clara Station, located adjacent to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station and Santa Clara University, will be the end of the line station for VTA's BART Phase II Extension. The station is located near Mineta San Jose International Airport and there are plans to link the station to the proposed Transit-Oriented Joint Development, although it is not clear if this development will include access to the airport.

Santa Clara Station

FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program streamlines project delivery of new transit infrastructure that meets programme requirements. By encouraging innovative partnerships and funding from a variety of sources, projects can be completed more quickly, making better use of taxpayer dollars and bringing new transit service to growing communities.

To receive funding under the pilot program, Santa Clara VTA must fund at least 75% of the project cost through local, state and other non-federal contributions, including a public-private partnership. In turn, FTA will expedite the review and evaluation of application materials under a streamlined review process as authorized by law.

The funding allocation will be awarded to VTA once it meets all program requirements needed to proceed to a construction grant agreement.

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