Senator Jim Beall and Silicon Valley Leaders Celebrate $730 Million State Award for BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension to San Jose and Santa Clara
SACRAMENTO –The BART Silicon Valley Phase II project will receive a $730 million funding commitment from the 2018 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, the California State Transportation Agency said today
With this grant award from the state, the project will have more than half the $4.7 billion required to bring BART all the way to Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara to complete a “ring of rail’’ around the Bay Area.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s grant application was one out of a total of 47 competing applications submitted by 40 transportation agencies throughout the state.
At stake was a share of $2.4 billion in TIRCP grants made possible by the Cap and Trade Program and Senator Jim Beall’s SB 1, legislation that generates $5.2 billion annually for road and highway maintenance and public transit. SB 1’s revenues accounted for more than 50 percent of the available TIRCP’s grant funding.
The BART Silicon Valley Phase II project will extend BART service from the Berryessa station to Downtown San Jose and through to the end of the line at the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. The extension will consist of four stations – Alum Rock/28th Street; Downtown San Jose; Diridon; and Santa Clara.
VTA and BART are partners on the project. VTA is responsible for building the extension and its stations, and BART will assume maintenance and operations responsibilities.
-- WHAT THEY’RE SAYING --
Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, author of Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 594 / Regional Measure 3:
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of over 20 years of dedication to realize a vision for an efficient transportation infrastructure in San Jose that will lower greenhouse emissions and serve nearly 19 million passengers annually. I want to thank everyone who has helped along the way. And, I am proud of my colleagues in the Legislature for passing SB 1 to provide CalSTA with the resources to fund projects. While San Jose will benefit this year, we’ve established an enduring tool to shape transportation systems across the state to keep California’s economy vibrant and thriving.”
California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Annis:
“Today we’re using SB 1 revenue to invest in our state’s future. These Bay Area projects, including the BART to San Jose extension and other new zero-emission transit routes and vehicles, will be pivotal in reducing commute times and giving residents clean, convenient choices when traveling.”
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Nuria Fernandez:
“The support of the South Bay legislative delegation has been critical in helping to ensure that VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension Project becomes a reality. This is a unique, multi-year funding agreement that provides dependable, yearly allocations to fund the next six miles of rapid rail service to connect Bay Area residents and commuters to more jobs, housing and education. I want to especially recognize the extraordinary vision and leadership of Senator Jim Beall. His appreciation for the benefits this project will have by transforming mobility in Silicon Valley is also pivotal for tens of thousands of residents and workers throughout the entire Bay Area region.”
Senator Bob Wieckowski, (D-Fremont), member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee:
“These state transportation funds will enable us to move BART deeper into Santa Clara County to better serve thousands of college students, university employees, Silicon Valley workers, and commuters moving around the Bay Area. This extension will take cars off the road, provide people with more transportation options and create jobs for Bay Area workers. It is a key investment in the future of our region and will have a major positive effect on our economy.”
Assemblymember Ash Kalra, D-San Jose:
“This is a momentous day for not only San Jose, but the entire South Bay region. As a proud representative of Berryessa, BART in San Jose will reduce traffic congestion, further improve our air quality, and expand public transit alternatives. This is a prime example of taxpayer dollars going directly to public projects that will improve our quality of life. I thank my colleague Senator Jim Beall for his leadership in making this project a reality.’’
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo:
“Today’s announcement speaks to the important role that a fully built-out BART system will play in our statewide transportation network. The State’s investment brings us one step closer to extending BART all the way to Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, and completing a ring of rail around the Bay. I’d like to thank Secretary Annis for his confidence in this project as well as our entire State legislative delegation for their continued support. I’d also like to offer special thanks to Senator Jim Beall for championing both SB1 and SB9, two critical pieces of legislation that made it possible to secure this significant investment in our transportation infrastructure.”
Carl Guardino, California Transportation Commissioner and President of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group:
"Persistence pays off. Bringing BART to San Jose and Santa Clara has been a 20-year effort that is destined to be an overnight success, which will serve 90,000 daily passenger trips by 2035."