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VTA transfers Berryessa extension testing to BART
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) last week transferred control of the trackway, systems and facilities of the Silicon Valley Berryessa extension project to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
The 10-mile Berryessa extension from Fremont to San Jose, California is the first phase of the BART Silicon Valley project that will extend BART’s system by 16 miles from Fremont into Santa Clara, California.
VTA was responsible for station construction, static testing of communications, signal and track testing, as well as testing and integration of the extension. Now, BART will take control of the trackway systems and facilities as it moves into pre-revenue testing.
Soon after, BART will begin pre-revenue operations that include operator training, as well as obtaining state safety certifications before passenger service may begin on the line in December.
“With construction and VTA’s testing of the major systems completed, VTA has passed the baton so BART can bring this project over the finish line,” said VTA’s General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Nuria Fernandez in a press release.
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