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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $125 Million Funding Allocation to Santa Clara VTA for BART Silicon Valley Phase 2 Project

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Project is part of FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams today announced the allocation of $125 million to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase II project. This is the first project to receive a funding allocation under FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program.

FTA Acting Administrator Williams was joined by VTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez at an event in San Jose where she made the announcement.

"This Administration is focused on expediting infrastructure projects and is providing $125 million for expansion of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit system) so that area residents can benefit from these improvements as quickly as possible," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program streamlines project delivery of new transit infrastructure that meets program requirements. By encouraging innovative partnerships and funding from a variety of sources, projects can be completed more quickly, making better use of taxpayer dollars and bringing new transit service to growing communities.

"We are pleased to announce this $125 million funding allocation to VTA for the second phase of the BART extension, and to work with VTA as part of FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at streamlining the delivery of transit projects," said FTA Acting Administrator Williams.

To receive funding under the pilot program, Santa Clara VTA must fund at least 75 percent of the project cost through local, state and other non-federal contributions, including a public-private partnership. In turn, FTA will expedite the review and evaluation of application materials under a streamlined review process as authorized by law.

The BART Silicon Valley Phase II project is a 6.5-mile extension of the BART system from the Berryessa Station through downtown San Jose to the City of Santa Clara. The total estimated project cost is $5.58 billion and VTA has requested $1.395 billion in federal funding through FTA’s Pilot Program.

The funding allocation announced today will be awarded to VTA once it meets all program requirements needed to proceed to a construction grant agreement.

Since January 20, 2017, this Administration, through the FTA, has invested $9.02 billion in funding commitments to support the nation’s transit infrastructure.

FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams at VTA media event