Acting FTA Administrator K. Jane Williams made the VTA’s federal funding announcement at the 2019 APTA Rail conference in Toronto.
Metro Magazine/Janna Starcic

Acting FTA Administrator K. Jane Williams made the VTA’s federal funding announcement at the 2019 APTA Rail conference in Toronto.

Metro Magazine/Janna Starcic

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is in discussions regarding a leading-edge federal funding pilot program. The program would be the first of its kind in the nation. 

FTA Acting Administrator announced the agency is proceeding with plans to discuss VTA’s participation in FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery pilot program for BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project.

VTA’s BART Phase II Project will be a five-mile underground subway through downtown San Jose. VTA submitted a proposal in November 2018 to be considered for the expedited funding to assure the project can proceed as planned.

The project, which continues the rail extension from North San Jose into Downtown and Santa Clara, is among seven projects across the country to vie for participation in the new pilot program. The cutting-edge project is designed to fast track major transportation infrastructure projects.

VTA will work with the FTA over the next year toward meeting the requirements for federal funding.

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