VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II

The largest single public infrastructure project ever constructed in Santa Clara County, VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project (Phase II) will extend BART service six-miles from the Berryessa Transit Center into downtown San José and terminating in Santa Clara. 

Phase II is estimated to carry 52,000 passengers to destinations throughout the Bay Area by 2035.

Transit oriented communities are planned for each of the future station locations, and the completion of the project will finally "ring the bay" with frequent rail service. 

Phase II is planned to include:

The largest single public infrastructure project ever constructed in Santa Clara County, VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project (Phase II) will extend BART service six-miles from the Berryessa Transit Center into downtown San José and terminating in Santa Clara. 

Phase II is estimated to carry 52,000 passengers to destinations throughout the Bay Area by 2035.

Transit oriented communities are planned for each of the future station locations, and the completion of the project will finally "ring the bay" with frequent rail service. 

Phase II is planned to include:

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Project Benefits

  • Fast and reliable train service that will connect BART to VTA light rail and bus, Amtrak, ACE, Caltrain, Capitol Corridor and intercity bus service.
  • Improving transit hubs to accommodate rail, bus, bicycle and pedestrian travel modes to improve and expand healthy and green travel options.
  • Partnering with the community to deliver a project that realizes the surrounding community’s vision for each station area.
  • Investing in transit-oriented development to provide increased access to jobs, housing and education, making commuting without a car possible.
  • In addition to creating thousands of jobs throughout design and construction, the Phase II Project will boost the economy, which means increased growth and more jobs long after the project ends.

Funding Strategy

In order to make the Phase II project a reality, a diverse funding strategy has been identified for this project with varied revenue streams to support it. Voters have approved multiple local and statewide measures, showing their support for bringing BART service into Santa Clara County. 

Below provides a more in depth look at the funding strategy for the project. The project cost estimate and funding strategy will be updated as the project advances in design and engineering.   

Local Funding

2000 Measure A

On August 9, 2000, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors voted to place a 30-year half-cent transit sales tax on the November 7, 2000 General Election ballot, giving Santa Clara County voters the opportunity to vote on transportation improvements in the county including construction of a BART extension from Alameda County to Santa Clara County.

Measure A was approved by 70.3 percent of the voters and collection of the tax began in April 2006 to help fund design and construction of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley project.

2008 Measure B: Operation and Maintenance Funding

On November 4, 2008, an additional Santa Clara County ballot measure supporting the BART extension passed, receiving 66.78% of the vote, exceeding the two-thirds super majority. The 30-year eighth-cent Measure B sales tax will generate dedicated revenue to fulfill VTA's obligation to BART for the operation, maintenance, and future capital reserve of the extension VTA constructs.

2016 Measure B

In June 2016, the VTA Board of Directors unanimously adopted the framework and funding amounts to place an additional half cent 30-year sales tax measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot to help fund transportation priorities. An extensive 18-month public outreach process gathered input and suggestions on how to best improve the transportation needs of Santa Clara County. Through this process, a list of categories and transportation projects was approved, including a plan to invest $1.5 billion in Phase II of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension.

Measure B, which required a two-thirds majority vote, was approved by voters by more than 71 percent of the vote and collection of the half-cent sales tax began in April 2017.

Regional Measure 3

In June 2018, 55 percent of voters in nine Bay Area counties approved Regional Measure 3. This measure added a $1 toll increase on seven state-owned bridges in January 2019, with additional $1 increases in 2022 and 2025. Regional Measure 3 will provide $375 million to Phase II.

State Funding

Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP)

In August 2014, VTA received the sixth and final allocation from the State of California’s Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) for VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension. The $39 million allocation brought the total amount of TCRP funding received for the extension to $649 million. The California Transportation Commission, who is responsible for overseeing state-funded transportation programs, has allocated a total of $768 million to the project.

VTA’s BART Silicon Valley was identified as one of 53 projects statewide eligible to receive TCRP funds in 2000, when legislation passed creating the program.

Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)

In May 2018, VTA was awarded $238,360,000 of a total award of $750,000,000 from the State of California’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP). The additional $511,640,000 will be distributed over the life of the project.

TIRCP was created by Senate Bill 862 and modified by Senate Bill 9 to provide grants from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to fund transformative capital improvements that will modernize California’s transit systems while curtailing emissions from greenhouse gases by reducing congestion and vehicle miles traveled throughout the state.

Federal Funding

Pilot Program For Expedited Project Delivery

The Pilot Program for Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants Program. EPD is intended to provide federal funding through an expedited review process for transit projects. In this program, the Federal share cannot exceed 25 percent of the project’s cost, requires FTA to use an expedited technical capacity review process, and the project must have a public-private partnership included. EPD aims at increasing innovation, improving efficiency and timeliness of project implementation, and encouraging new revenue streams.

Sponsors eligible to participate in the Pilot Program for EPD must have recently and successfully completed at least one new fixed guideway project; achieved budget, cost, and ridership outcomes for the project that are consistent with or better than projections; and demonstrate that it continues to have staff expertise and other resources to implement a new project.

In November 2018, VTA submitted an Expression of Interest to participate in the Pilot Program for EPD. In June 2019, FTA selected VTA as its first EPD participant, and in August 2019 FTA allocated $125 million to VTA's BART Phase II Project. VTA will submit to FTA a formal application requesting federal funds in 2020 with a Full Funding Grant Agreement to follow.

New Starts Program

FTA’s New Starts program is the federal government's primary discretionary financial resource for supporting locally planned, constructed, implemented, and operated major transit projects. This program funds new commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, and bus rapid transit projects, streetcars, and ferries, as well as extensions to existing transit systems in every area of the country.

VTA submitted an application to enter into New Starts Project Development for Phase II in March 2016, prior to submitting an Expression of Interest to participate in FTA's Pilot Program for EPD. If the Phase II project is not selected to participate in the Pilot Program, VTA has the ability to re-enter the New Starts Program for federal funding.

Timeline

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Study Development
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Alternatives Analysis
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VTA adopted Major Investment Study
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Environmental Clearance
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1st Environmental Document: Final EIR Approved by VTA Board
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Design and Engineering Work Continued
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2nd Environmental Document: Final SEIR Approved by VTA Board
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VTA Board of Directors commits to building project with phased implementation
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Phase II Planning effort resumes
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VTA’s BART Phase II SEIS/SEIR Scoping Meetings
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VTA’s BART Phase II Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIS/SEIR) Released
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VTA Board Approves Staff Recommendation for BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project
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In a unanimous vote Thursday evening, April 5, VTA Board members approved the staff recommendation for VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project. The Board approved a single-bore tunneling...
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​​​​​​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.

VTA Receives Federal Record of Decision for BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project
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VTA was notified today by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that a Record of Decision (ROD) has been issued for the next six miles of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension into downtown San Jose...
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VTA awarded General Engineering Consultant contract to Mott MacDonald/PGH Wong
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Tunnel Configuration Exploration
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Submit Application for FTA Full Funding Grant Agreement through FTA’s Pilot Program for Expedited Project Delivery
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Anticipate Receiving FTA Full Funding Grant Agreement through FTA’s Pilot Program for Expedited Project Delivery
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Construction
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Earliest Preliminary Estimate for Start of Passenger Service
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Funding

Total Funding
$5.581 Billion

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