VTA Breaks Ground on BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will celebrate the beginning of construction on the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project with a public groundbreaking just south of the future Berryessa Station in San Jose. Federal, state and local officials will participate in the historic event.

WHO: Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator

Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Peter Rogoff, FTA Administrator

Anna Eshoo, United States Congresswoman

Zoe Lofgren, United States Congresswoman

Michael Honda, United States Congressman

Gray Davis, California Governor (ret.)

James Beall, Jr., California State Assemblymember

Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor

Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Supervisor

Tom Blalock, BART Board of Directors

Chuck Reed, City of San Jose Mayor

Pete McHugh, City of Milpitas Mayor

Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Michael T. Burns, VTA General Manager

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: 1404 Mabury Road, San Jose

BART Silicon Valley

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, please contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 934-2662, TTY (408) 321-2330, or visit www.vta.org/bart.