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Eastridge to BART Regional Connector

Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project

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To better reflect VTA’s diverse transportation services provided to the growing Santa Clara County, the Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project has been renamed Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Project-Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project. When this project is complete, VTA riders will be able to board light rail at the Eastridge Station, and connect directly with BART at the Milpitas Station!

This project will extend light rail from the existing Alum Rock Light Rail Station to the Eastridge Transit Center with elevated structures at Capitol Avenue, Story Road, and Tully Road. The Eastridge extension will include light rail stations at Story Road and at the Eastridge Transit Center.


Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Project is the last portion of the larger Capitol Expressway Transit Improvement Project that transforms Capitol Expressway into a multi-modal boulevard offering bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail transit, and safe connections to the regional transit system.

VTA first addressed pedestrian access and improved safety measures along the expressway between Quimby Road and Capitol Avenue. This was completed in Fall 2012 and included new sidewalks, street lighting, and a landscaping buffer. Next was the reconstruction of the Eastridge Transit Center which was completed in 2015.

Project Status

In June 2016 VTA Board of Directors approved funding to complete design, acquire right of way and relocate utilities. Construction is dependent on the Board of Director's approval of the funding/financing plan.

The first visible field work is starting, although construction is not expected to begin until late 2020. Geotechnical data is required at thirty-two locations to further develop design plans for the project’s two stations and elevated tracks. Activities will begin on or about May 6 and last up to two weeks. Please select Notice of Construction for further details.

Project Schedule

  • Environmental Certification - Summer 2019
  • Final Design - Spring 2020
  • Right-of Way-Acquisition - Complete fall 2020
  • Utility Relocation - Begin spring 2020 through late fall 2020
  • Construction  - Begin late fall 2020 through late fall 2024

Project Cost

$453 Million for design, right of way, utilities and construction.
2000 Measure A - $314M
Regional Measure 3 - $130M
SB-1 - $9M

Contact Us

VTA Community Outreach and Project staff are available to attend your HOA, Neighborhood Association, PTA, or other organized group meetings to provide focused presentation or updates.
Phone: (408) 321-7575
TTY only: (408) 321-2330 

Fact Sheets and Environmental Reports


Visit the project library for all environmental documents. A Notice of Availability Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Report-2 was published in Fall 2018 for public review. Staff is currently addressing comments received on the draft. We currently expect to present the final report at the April or May 2019 VTA Board of Directors meeting. Stakeholders will be notified when the final draft is available. It will also be posted on the library page.

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