$730 Million State Grant for BART to Silicon Valley Project

Senator Jim Beall’s news conference regarding CalSTA’s $730 million funding commitment for the Valley Transportation Authority’s BART Phase II Silicon Valley extension.



The California Transit Association cites Senator Jim Beall as one of the notable leaders in Silicon Valley transportation, playing a role in role in every major transportation policy decision in Santa Clara County for 35 years.

As a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, he proposed Route 87’s northern section and also helped ensure the project as built on-time and on budget. He also served on the Guadalupe Joint Powers, helping to institute and shape the Valley Transportation Authority’s Light Rail system.

1999 – As a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, he was  appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and helped deliver millions in transportation funding for county projects. His advocacy also helped get the BART Phase II Silicon Valley extension ranked as a top regional priority project, ultimately setting the stage for a $900 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration in 2012 and the receipt of other grants.

2008 – Assembly member Beall supports Santa Clara County Measure B, a sales tax passed by voters to fund operations and the maintenance of the BART extension.

2010 – Beall introduces Assembly Bill 1670, which returned control of Monterey Road, The Alameda, and Alum Rock Road to the city of San Jose from the state. In the process, the state gave $11 million to San Jose to bring the streets up to municipal standards. The bill is approved by the Legislature and Governor.

2012—Beall advocacy helps obtain the Valley Transportation Authority obtain $39.3 million state allocation from the California Transportation Commission to streamline the Interstate 280/800/Stevens Creek Interchange.

2014 – Beall successfully passes Senate Bill 628, giving cities the authority to create enhanced infrastructure financing districts to pay for crucial improvements necessary for transportation and housing.

2015 -- Beall authors Senate Bill 9 allow the California State Transportation Agency to make long-range funding commitments to modernize local mass transit rail systems to increase ridership, reducing traffic congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions. The bill provides transportation agencies with assurances that they can rely on future funding from the state to improve transit systems.

2017 – Beall successfully passes Senate Bill 1, legislation to generate $5.2 billion annually to repair California’s crumbling roads and highways in order to increase safety and efficiency. The bill also dedicates contributes $750 million annually for mass transit.

2018 – The California State Transportation Agency awards the BART Phase II Silicon Valley project a $730 million funding  to expand BART service to downtown San Jose all the way through to the Santa Clara Caltrain station. This funding from the state Transit and Intercity Rail Capitol Program was made possible by Senate Bill 1. In all, $2.6 billion in program grants were awarded to 28 projects statewide to improve public transit. Those projects include the expansion of the LA Metro system and the integration of the Altamont Corridor Express and San Joaquin rail system to increase service for Central Valley residents.