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[Editor's note: This article was updated on June 16 to include details about the project's design-build contract.]
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and California officials late last week celebrated the opening of a 10-mile BART rail extension into Santa Clara County.
The officials gave congratulatory remarks at the Berryessa Transit Center in San Jose and performed two ribbon-cuttings before the inaugural northbound and southbound trip between the station and Milpitas Station.
On June 13, the first train with local riders departed from the Berryessa Transit Center to the Milpitas Station on the BART Orange Line.
VTA broke ground on the $2.3 billion, 10-mile, two-station extension on April 12, 2012. The design-build project was built under the Skanska, Shimmick and Herzog joint venture. Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. served as the lead designer.
Now, BART will operate the service and maintain the system.
The BART stations are the newest addition to VTA’s Transit Centers in Milpitas and North San Jose that opened in December 2019 along with a newly redesigned VTA light-rail network to maximize connections to the region's rapid rail systems – BART and Caltrain.