VTA celebrates final funding amount toward BART Silicon Valley Extension

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority last Wednesday hosted an event to celebrate the sixth and final state funding allocation of $39 million for the agency’s Bay Area Rapid Transit Silicon Valley Extension.

The event, held at the future Berryessa BART Station at 1411 Maybury Road in San Jose, included the California Transportation Commission representatives, Congressman Mike Honda, California Department of Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and other local and state officials.

The $39 million will bring the total amount of the State of California’s Traffic Congestion Relief Program funding received for the BART project to $649 million. With this latest installment, the CTC, who is responsible for overseeing state-funded transportation programs, will have allocated a total of $768 million to the project.

VTA expects the BART line to the South Bay — with stops in Milpitas and Berryessa — to be up and running by 2017… (more)