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FTA seeks expedited delivery of Santa Clara VTA rail extension
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced yesterday it's pursuing an agreement with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to expedite delivery of the second phase of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley project.
The project includes constructing a 5-mile subway tunnel through San Jose and extending the BART system to Santa Clara, California.
The agreement is part of the FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery pilot program aimed at speeding up fixed guideway capital, small starts or core capacity improvement projects. All projects must use public-private partnerships, plan to be operated and maintained by an existing public transportation provider and have a federal share not exceeding 25 percent of the project cost, FTA officials said in a press release.
In September 2018, the FTA announced it was accepting submissions from transit agencies to enter the program. Four agencies submitted seven projects for consideration, including VTA, which now has been selected to further define the steps required before a construction grant agreement is awarded.
Up to eight grant agreements can be awarded, so the administration will continue to work with the other agencies as projects become ready for an agreement under the program, FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said.
Congress appropriated $125 million for the Expedited Project Delivery program through fiscal-year 2019.
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