The first major design and construction contract, valued at $772 million for the line, track, systems and stations, was awarded in December of 2011 to Design Builder Skanska-Shimmick-Herzog, a Joint Venture. Their proposal projected an accelerated construction schedule for the project that may result in passenger service sooner than 2018.
Last month, VTA received a $900 million grant commitment from the FTA for the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project, along with the first $100 million allocation. The cost of the project is approximately $2.3 billion, which will be funded through $900 million in federal assistance, $251 million in state funding and $1.179 billion from the Measure A sales tax.
In November 2000, a package of transit improvements known as Measure A was overwhelmingly approved by a 70.3 percent majority vote, authorizing a 30-year, 1/2 cent sales tax to construct the largest infrastructure project in Silicon Valley. Eight years later, county residents passed a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund the operating and maintenance costs of the BART Extension.
The historic groundbreaking event will symbolize the culmination of all the major milestones to date on the largest public works project in Santa Clara County's history.
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 only) (408) 321-2330, or visit www.vta.org/bart.