The bottom-line is simple. With the passage of Proposition B in November, VTA now feels it has sufficient funding to move forward with designing the system. However, they still need to apply for a federal grant to complete their funding requirements.
The 6-mile Phase II BART Extension would begin at the end of the current Phase I Project in Berryessa, east of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Mabury Road. It would include an approximately 5-mile long tunnel, or subway, through downtown San Jose. Four stations are under consideration: a 28th Street Station, a Downtown San Jose Station, a Diridon Station, and a Santa Clara Station. The BART Extension would take approximately 8 years for design, construction, testing, and start-up activities. Depending upon funding availability, initial revenue service on the BART Extension is now targeted to begin in late 2025/2026.
BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project Draft SEIS/SEIR
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are releasing the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIS/SEIR) for public review and comments for the proposed construction of the BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project, an approximately 6-mile extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system from the Berryessa BART Station (under construction) in San Jose to the City of Santa Clara.
Attached is a document from VTA that will help you find the areas of interest.
It seems like our struggle to assure a BART station at 28th Street (formerly known as the Alum Rock Station) may not yet be over. We’ve heard recently that some folks in Santa Clara are suggesting that one of the three stations planned for San Jose (28th Street, Diridon or downtown) should be dropped to assure that Santa Clara will have a BART station. We understand taking a cautious attitude about what VTA promises and can build, but we regret …Continue reading →
BART Transit Village Advocates; We closed our Station Naming Survey on April 7 with 5,596 responses. Yes, that’s up from only 180 responses in the first round of the survey. Clearly, the survey went viral and some folks were campaigning for particular names. Little Portugal was the overwhelming favorite with 63.62% of the vote. It was also the leader in our first survey with 35% of the vote. The complete results are attached. These will be discussed at the next …Continue reading →
SPUR released an analysis of the financial status of the last phase of the BART connection to San Jose. It contains a good summary of the current funding alternatives and costs for BART Phase II. As they noted, the BART Silicon Valley extension is the largest transportation investment the South Bay will make for decades. It will connect the East Bay and the South Bay with a 16-mile, six-station extension of the BART system. Once completed, the system will connect …Continue reading →
VTA’s BART Alum Rock Community Working Group met Wednesday, December 2nd. We got a quick up-date on the prospective application for federal funds — basically the VTA folks are optimistic. The application process will start shortly, but the official application and VTA board decision won’t happen for about one year (after the November ballot measure). The application will cover the original four stations (Alum Rock, Downtown, Diridon and Santa Clara). Most of the meeting was devoted to an informative presentation …Continue reading →
BART Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates: The notes and other information from the October meetings of VTA’s Community Working Groups are now available online here: http://www.vta.org/bart/phaseIICWGs Of particular note: further information on ridership demographics for the area around the BART Station at 28th Street and also prospective renaming of the station (that comes at the very end of the notes). …Continue reading →
BART Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates: We might need to change our name!!! As the result of a request from community representatives, VTA agreed to a discussion of a new name for the Alum Rock station–since it’s not actually ON Alum Rock and there’s already an Alum Rock Light Rail station. This will be on the agenda for the December 2nd meeting of the Community Working Group. Other items: Ridership and Neighborhood Demographics: additional information was provided and potential up-dating …Continue reading →
The current phase one plans apparently call for the Berryessa Station tail tracks to be extended along the Phase II alignment to the location for the Phase II tunnel portal. The plans call for the tail to be removed, to clear the portal area when construction of the Phase II tunnel begins. The current position appears to be: The straight alignment is too short to meet BART operational requirements BART operations require the tail tracks for storage of trains My …Continue reading →
WHAT: VTA Envision Silicon Valley Community Meeting & Presentation WHEN: Monday, September 28, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E Santa Clara St, San Jose Please join Councilmember Ash Kalra, Councilmember Raul Peralez and Senator Jim Beall for an Envision Silicon Valley community meeting. This meeting is for the community to receive information and engage in a discussion regarding VTA’s potential sales tax on the 2016 ballot, which would be implemented Countywide and affect residents …Continue reading →
Read the article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal VTA is finally initiating a much needed discussion with developers that is key to us ever seeing the Five Wounds Urban Village that we have been working on for fifteen years. This is a significant step forward by both VTA and the City of San Jose. We’ve been urging more aggressive pursuit of development at the Alum Rock site for a year, knowing that such development would be key to getting …Continue reading →