Planning and Environmental


Years before any construction can happen on the Phase II Project, a rigorous environmental process takes place to understand any impacts to the project corridor. The environmental phase of the project is complete; each step is explained below.

The Phase II Project is now in the Planning and Engineering Phase, and the Project team continues to refine the design and engineering so the project can receive federal funding and move into the construction phase. 

VTA's BART Phase II Environmental Documents

The environmental process establishes the purpose and need for a project, examines the potential environmental impacts to the project corridor, and includes measures to mitigate those impacts.

FTA and VTA have prepared a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) /Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) and Section 4(f) Evaluation (SEIS/SEIR) to address environmental effects of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project (Project). The draft and final SEIS/SEIR is available below.

2018 Final SEIS/SEIR

2016 Draft SEIS/SEIR

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 Register on March 2, 2018.

Previous Environmental Documents

2010 Final EIS

2009 Draft EIS

2007 Final SEIR

2007 Draft SEIR

2004 Final EIR

2004 Draft EIS/EIR

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: 

The April 5, 2018 VTA Board meeting agenda and April 5, 2018 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, the BART Board approved the Project with the following actions:

  • Accepted the Project SEIR;        
  • Adopted VTA's Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for the SEIR        
  • 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 issued 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.  


Attachment A: Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program

Attachment B: Summary of Comments and Responses to Comments on the Final SEIS/SEIR

Attachment C: Section 106 Programmatic Agreement

Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program (MMRP)