VTA's BART Silicon Valley - Phase I

Phase I of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley is the first 10 miles of the extension of BART into Santa Clara County. It includes new BART stations at the Berryessa Transit Center and the Milpitas Transit Center.
A 2019 calendar checking off the months until BART Phase I is planning to open by December 2019

Phase I of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Program begins south of BART's Warm Springs Station in Fremont, proceeds through Milpitas and ends in the Berryessa area of north San Jose. Phase II is the last six miles and includes four stations.

Phase I includes two new BART stations that are each part of two bigger, new transit centers: the Milpitas Transit Center and the Berryessa Transit Center. Both Transit Centers will feature:

  • BART Stations with direct service connecting to the entire BART system
  • Bus centers to directly connect with VTA bus service
  • Bicycle and pedestrian connections and storage
  • Drop-off/pick-up areas for passengers or employer shuttles
  • Over 1,500 parking spaces
  • Public spaces for people to meet up, gather, etc.

The Milpitas Transit Center will also include a direct connection to VTA’s Milpitas Light Rail Station (formerly known as the Montague Light Rail Station). For more on the features of the Milpitas Transit Center, click here.

The Berryessa Transit Center will feature rapid bus service to and from downtown San Jose. Learn more about the transit center's features.

Below, we have answers to a few basic questions about BART service to/from the Milpitas BART Stations & the Berryessa/North San Jose BART Station. For more information on BART service, including the cost between every station, schedule of trains, and location of stations, please visit the BART website or contact BART.

How long will it take to go from Milpitas to San Francisco on BART?

The approximate time it will take from the time the BART train leaves the Milpitas Station to the time it arrives at the closest BART station in San Francisco, the Embarcadero Station, is approximately 60 minutes. BART is often a much quicker way of traveling than driving alone in rush-hour traffic along the highway.

How long will it take to go from Berryessa/North San Jose to San Francisco on BART?

The approximate time it will take from the time the BART train leaves the Berryessa/North San Jose Station to the time it arrives at the closest BART station in San Francisco, the Embarcadero Station, is approximately 65 minutes. BART is often a much quicker way of traveling than driving alone in rush-hour traffic along the highway.

How often will BART trains come to the two new BART stations?

A train will leave each BART station and go north approximately every 7-8 minutes. For more information on the arrival and departure times of trains, visit the Schedules by Station page on BART's website.

How much will it cost to ride BART from Milpitas to San Francisco?

In 2019, from Milpitas to the closest BART station in San Francisco, the Embarcadero Station, it will cost $7.50 if you use a Clipper Card. It will cost 50 cents more if you don't use a Clipper Card. It will cost less if you are a senior of a person with disabilities.

For information on how much it will cost to other BART stations, see

BART determines the cost of a ride, including those to and from Milpitas.

How much will it cost to ride BART from Berryessa/North San Jose to San Francisco?

In 2019, from Berryessa to the closest BART station in San Francisco, the Embarcadero Station, it will cost $7.75 if you use a Clipper Card. It will cost 50 cents more if you don't use a Clipper Card. It will cost less if you are a senior of a person with disabilities.

For information on how much it will cost to other BART stations, see

BART determines the cost of a ride, including those to and from Milpitas.

What's the difference between BART's service & VTA's?

VTA:

BART:

Both VTA and BART use the Clipper Card as one way for people to pay to ride them. 

Who owns the BART Stations in Berryessa/North San Jose & Milpitas? Who operates them?

VTA built and owns both new Transit Centers and the BART stations at them. Through an agreement, VTA pays BART to operate & maintain the BART stations, trains, and tracks at the two stations. In short, BART operates all BART service. 

Who is in charge of public safety inside the BART stations? Outside the stations?

BART Police is responsible for safety and security within the BART station gates, on the BART platforms, and in the BART trains.

VTA currently contracts with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office to maintain public safety & security outside the BART stations at the Milpitas & Berryessa Transit Centers.

City streets in and around the Transit Centers are the responsibility of the police department in that city.

Is BART open 24 hours per day? 

The BART stations will be closed off and locked up for a few hours in the middle of the night every day. They will open 10 minutes before the first BART train departs and will close 10 minutes after the last BART train arrives/departs. See the next question for the schedule of the first and last trains of the day.

The rest of the Transit Centers, including the parking lots and garages, will be open 24 hours per day. 

When are the first and last BART trains of the day?

BART is currently finalizing its schedule of BART trains into and out of the Berryessa/North San Jose & Milpitas BART stations. We will provide exact times when they are available.

Milpitas:

 

1st Train Departing North

1st Train Departing South

Last Train Departing North

Last Train Departing South

Weekday 

around _:__ am

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Saturday        

Sunday

__:__ am

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Berryessa:

 

1st Train Departing North

1st Train Departing South

Last Train Departing North

Last Train Arriving

Weekday

__:__ am

N/A*

__:__ am

__:__ am

Saturday        

Sunday

__:__ am

N/A*

__:__ am

__:__ am

For updated information on BART’s service, please visit BART’s schedules by station.

 

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Study Development
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Alternatives Analysis
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VTA Board adopted Major Investment Study
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Environmental Clearance
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VTA Board Approves Final Environmental Impact Report
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VTA Board Approves Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report
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VTA Board Separates Project into Two Phases
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The VTA Board of Directors committed to separate the BART project in two overlapping phases - Phase I and Phase II. Phase I would be completed first. Phase I became the first 10 miles from Fremont to Berryessa and Phase II became the final 6 miles through downtown San Jose into Santa Clara.

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VTA Board Approves Final 2nd Supplemental Environmental Impact Report
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Construction
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VTA's BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project achieved another major milestone when VTA transferred control of the BART trackway, systems and facilities to BART. BART now has exclusive access...
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Begin Passenger Service
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Total Funding

$2.3 billion

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