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​We’re Building for Tomorrow


Gretchen Baisa contributed to this post for BART Silicon Valley

It’s National Infrastructure Week and VTA is borrowing a phrase from the national campaign, with a little bit of tailoring to our local digs: “Santa Clara Valley’s future will be shaped by the infrastructure choices we make today. So let’s #BuildForTomorrow.”

VTA is joining hundreds of organizations, companies and cities in the effort to rebuild and modernize our transportation infrastructure. We’re calling attention this week to the importance of not only improving our local transportation infrastructure, but also to advocating for funding to do those projects.  It’s what we did with Get on Board Day, in April and we’re still striking the drum beat.

As the local congestion management agency, VTA is building for tomorrow in multiple ways. You’ll learn more about those ways this week, starting with the 16-mile BART extension into Silicon Valley.

Phase I of the extension, a ten-mile stretch from Warm Springs in Fremont to Berryessa, with stations in Milpitas and North San Jose, is nearly complete and undergoing testing with the expectation of passenger service starting later this year. In the meantime, work on Phase II is progressing to continue the line from Berryessa into Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara.

On April 24th and 25th, and May 11th the public had a chance to learn more about VTA’s BART Phase II Project with community meetings held in various parts of San Jose. The six-mile extension of BART service will include five miles of subway, four new BART stations, and an opportunity for thousands to use transit to get to where they live, work and play.  Already catalyzing economic growth near each station area, the future BART extension is expected to carry over 52,000 riders by the year 2035 and create thousands of jobs throughout the design and construction phases.

The public meetings covered a range of topics including a project overview, details on future station areas, planned transit oriented communities and the single bore tunnel that will run under Santa Clara Street. The meetings drew dozens of interested residents who asked questions about how the tunnel will be dug, how the project is being funded, station areas, and other project elements.

Look for more posts this week on Silicon Valley transportation infrstructure, including a profile of Silicon Valley’s transportation champion Senator Jim Beall. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtag #BuildForTomorrow.

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