The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) committed
$91 million in voter-approved Measure 2 bridge toll money to help finance an
$890 million extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) system.
The 5.4-mile extension is part of a $6.1 billion project
that is slated to begin construction in summer 2009, which will take the BART
system to Milpitas, San Jose
and Santa Clara.
MTC, the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area's transportation
planning, coordinating and financing agency, made the financing pledge as part
of a strategic plan for implementing the $17.4 billion Regional Transit
Expansion Program adopted by the Commission in 2001 and updated in 2006.
Funding is contingent upon the Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority committing to a full funding plan for an
operable BART segment in Santa
as well as a public hearing on the transfer of RM 2 dollars from another
MTC has now allocated more than $750 million in Measure 2
funds. The commitments to date include $657 million for 32 separate capital
projects and $109 million for transit operations around the Bay Area.