BART Nabs $125M in Federal Funds to Speed Up San Jose Extension

In other BART news, platform signs will no longer list the arrival of "ghost trains."

BART’s San Jose extension may arrive sooner than expected thanks to $125 million in fast-track funding awarded this week.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Wednesday that the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) would receive $125 million to speed up the second phase of the Silicon Valley extension.

The project is set to extend train service six miles from the Berryessa Transit Center, stopping at Alum Rock/28th Street Station, Downtown San Jose Station, Diridon Station, and ending at Santa Clara Station.

BART’s second phase of its Silicon Valley extension adds four stations. (Photo courtesy Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority)

“To every car-trapped commuter caught in the soul-crushing congestion that we call Bay Area roads and freeways, thanks to the FTA and its partnership with the VTA, help is on track and on the way,” said Carl Guardino, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

By 2035, the VTA estimates it’ll serve 52,000 people. But first, three-fourths of the $5.58 billion project must be funded in order for federal officials to expedite review. VTA is awaiting a $1.4 billion request with the FTA. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2022 and last four years.

In other BART news, the agency’s more than 400 platform signs will finally tells passengers when train is canceled, the Examiner reports. The update put in place on Saturday puts an end to inaccurate arrival times of “ghost trains,” as well as listing if a train has two or three doors.

Pro tip: Fleet of Future trains come with three doors so riders can anticipate hopping on the glorious, modernized train by looking at the platform sign.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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