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California commission provides $40 million for VTA's proposed BART extension


Last week, the California Transportation Commission allocated $40 million in Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) funds to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the proposed Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) extension to the Silicon Valley.

VTA will use proceeds to fund final design stage engineering work for the project, which calls for extending BART’s service 16 miles from a future Warm Springs Station in Fremont to San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara. The extension will be built on former Union Pacific Railroad rights of way.
The allocation is the first installment of six anticipated allocations totaling about $240 million under the state of California’s TCRP plan, which was adopted by the commission in September 2008. To date, VTA has received a total of $409 million for the extension.

The extension is one of nine TCRP projects classified as “Tier One,” meaning a project with higher funding priority. A total of $83 million is available for Tier One TCRP projects in fiscal-year 2009-10.

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