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BART Silicon Valley extension receives $40 million state allocation

Earlier this month, the California Transportation Commission allocated $40 million in Traffic Congestion Relief Program funding to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley project.

The $40 million installment is the fourth of six, totaling $239 million, that the project will receive under the state of California’s TCRP allocation plan, which the CTC adopted in September 2008, VTA officials said in a prepared statement.

The latest allocation is designated for project construction. Near-term construction activities include ongoing site preparations, utility relocations, and trenching at both the future Berryessa and Milpitas BART Station campuses.

Upcoming construction work along the project corridor also is planned at Dixon Landing Road, Mission Boulevard, Warren Avenue, Montague Expressway, Sierra Road, Lundy Avenue, Capitol Avenue and Trade Zone Boulevard.

"Investment in major infrastructure improvements like BART Silicon Valley is crucial to the economic vitality of this region," said VTA Chairman Ken Yeager.
The BART Silicon Valley extension was identified as one of 53 projects statewide eligible to receive TCRP funds in 2000, when legislation passed creating the program. The TCRP legislation identified $760 million for the entire Fremont-to-San Jose corridor.

To date, BART has received $111 million for the BART Warm Springs extension and VTA has received a total of $569 million, with $79 million expected over the next two years, VTA officials said.

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