Rail

FTA releases Record of Decision for BART Silicon Valley extension

Posted on June 6, 2018

A map of the BART Silicon Valley Extension Phase 2.
Santa Clara VTA
A map of the BART Silicon Valley Extension Phase 2.
Santa Clara VTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released a Record of Decision (ROD) for the next six miles of Calif.’s Santa Clara VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara (Phase II). Receiving the ROD is a required next step for projects seeking federal funding, making this a critical milestone. It signifies that VTA satisfied the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the $4.7 billion project.

As the project sponsor, VTA is applying for $1.5 billion in FTA New Starts Program funding, completing the Phase II funding plan. VTA has already secured 70% of the funding through two local sales tax measures and a $750 million Senate Bill 1 state grant.

The ROD is issued once extensive environmental analysis and public review is completed, which is documented in the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS). The FSEIS assessed alternatives considered, public comments made during the draft environmental document phase and responses to those comments, and provides the basis for the decision and measures required to mitigate potentially adverse effects.

Now that a ROD has been issued, VTA will begin the engineering phase of the project and apply for federal funding.

VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project is a six-mile, four-station extension that will expand BART operations from Berryessa/North San José through downtown San Jose to the City of Santa Clara. The Phase II Project completes the full 16-mile extension from the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station into Santa Clara County, enhancing regional connectivity linking BART with VTA’s light rail and bus network, Amtrak, ACE, Caltrain, and Capitol Corridor. It will help reduce regional traffic congestion and spur transit-oriented development around stations, providing increased access to jobs, housing, and education.

Construction is planned to start by 2021 with passenger service by 2026, serving a projected 52,000 weekday riders by 2035. Once constructed, the extension will be operated by BART, as part of its regional rail system.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Las Vegas moves forward with first underground people mover

Approved a contract with Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. to design and construct a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center.

California sues to prevent withholding of high-speed rail funds

Filed in federal court in San Francisco, the suit claims the U.S. DOT lacks authority to withhold the $929 million it was due.

WMATA pulls 3000-Series trains after door malfunction

The incident, which happened after the train left the station on Sunday afternoon, was captured on video by a rider.

Keolis honored for building diverse workforce, supporting community

Efforts include launching a program in 2016 to provide college and workforce training scholarships to 25 graduating high schoolers.

NYCT installs automatic train control on Queens rail line

Tech provides optimal acceleration, braking and cruising speeds, providing more regular and evenly spaced service, and faster trips.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation