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Major Decisions about BART Silicon Valley Extension Phase II on the Horizon


As we approach the final months of 2017, Phase II of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension is gaining steam. VTA and BART are tasked with making key decisions about Phase II – the next six miles of the heavy rail system into downtown San Jose and the City of Santa Clara.
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Below is a schedule of when these decisions will occur and what you can expect in the coming months: 

  • On August 25, VTA will hold a public workshop for its Board of Directors (Board) to provide an overview of Phase II (which includes location options for Downtown San Jose and Diridon stations, as well as an option for a single-bore or twin-bore tunneling method), and an overview of the environmental review process. 
  • On September 22, VTA will hold a second workshop for its Board and present the results of an independent analysis comparing the two tunneling methods, and an evaluation of both the station and tunneling options.
  • On October 5, the VTA Board will hold its regular monthly meeting to receive the final staff recommendation on the station locations and tunneling method. The Board will then select the final project description to be carried into final environmental review.
There are multiple factors and extensive analysis being taken into consideration to decide the best way to deliver the next six miles of VTA's BART Silicon Valley Extension. The two upcoming public workshops allow the VTA Board to study the complex details of the project before deciding on the final scope of the project in October.
At its first meeting in 2018, the VTA Board is expected to certify the final environmental document and approve Phase II of VTA's BART Silicon Valley Extension. By March 2018, VTA anticipates securing project approval from the federal government, through a Record of Decision, allowing VTA to begin engineering and pre-construction activities for the project in 2018.
While VTA will design and build Phase II, BART will ultimately operate and maintain the system once it opens. Over the course of the decision timeline, VTA will continue to work with BART and the community to develop a project that will deliver the economic and environmental benefits expected from fully extending the BART system into downtown San Jose and the City of Santa Clara.
The two upcoming Board workshops will be held at VTA's Administrative Headquarters at 3331 N. First Street in San Jose. They will also be live streamed via VTA’s website here. More scheduled activities are below. We invite you to participate in this important public engagement process!


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