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Environmental Document

FTA and VTA have prepared a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report and Section 4(f) Evaluation (SEIS/SEIR) to address environmental effects of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project (Project). The SEIS/SEIR is available as a Draft and as a Final. The Project is a six-mile, four-station extension that will expand BART operations from Berryessa/North San Jose through downtown San Jose to the city of Santa Clara. The Project will include an approximately five-mile tunnel, two mid-tunnel ventilation facilities and storage yard, three underground stations (Alum Rock/28th Street, Downtown San Jose, Diridon), and one at-grade station (Santa Clara). The subway tunnel will be in a single-bore configuration. TOJD is planned at the four BART stations and two mid-tunnel ventilation facilities. Depending upon funding availability, initial revenue service on the BART Extension is targeted to begin in 2026.

The Draft SEIS/SEIR was released in December 2016, and the Final SEIS/SEIR was released on February 21, 2018 and published in the Federal Registered on March 2, 2018. The Federal Register notice can be viewed here

VTA's Project Approval

On April 5, 2018, the VTA Board of Directors approved VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project through the following actions:

  1. Certified that the Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) met the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); represents the independent judgement of the Lead Agency; and was presented to, and reviewed and considered by, the VTA Board of Directors prior to making its decision on the Phase II Project. The Board Packet can be viewed here
  2. Adopted the Findings; Facts in Support of the Findings; and Statement of Overriding Considerations
  3. Adopted the Mitigation Monitoring and Report Program (MMRP)
  4. Adopted the Recommended Project Description and approved the Phase II Project that consists of the BART Extension with Transit-Oriented Joint Development (TOJD) Alternative. 
  5. Adopted the Recommended Project Description, which included the following options: Downtown San Jose Station - West Option, the Diridon Station - North Option, and the Tunneling Methodology - Single-Bore Option. 


The VTA Board meeting agenda and meeting minutes are available on the VTA Board of Directors Website. The Notice of Determination (NOD) was filed at the Santa Clara County Clerk Recorder's Office and filed at the State Clearinghouse on April 6, 2018. 

BART's Project Approval

On April 26, 2018, after review and consideration of VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension (Project) Final SEIR and related Findings, Statement of Overriding Considerations, and MMRP adopted by VTA on April 5, 2018, the BART Board of Directors accepted the Project SEIR; adopted VTA's Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for the SEIR; and, pursuant to the Comprehensive Agreement, approved the Project. The agenda and meeting minutes are available at the BART Board Website

FTA's Project Approval

FTA issues the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Project on June 4, 2018, which is the federal environmental approval for the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) Process. 
 

 

 

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