Competition for federal funding with cities such as Baltimore and Los Angeles is making Santa Clara County transit officials consider eliminating two of four proposed BART stations in the South Bay, a spokeswoman said Monday.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is currently halfway through building the planned 10-mile, $2.3 billion BART Silicon Valley extension from Fremont to two new stations in the county, Milpitas and Berryessa in San Jose, VTA spokeswoman Bernice Alaniz said.
But the VTA's longer-term, Phase II proposal to extend 6 miles south with four more stations -- three in San Jose and one in Santa Clara, at a cost of $4.7 billion -- is vying for hundreds of millions of dollars with major transit projects throughout the country, Alaniz said.
The contest involves a new set of rules in the New Starts federal program, overseen by the Federal Transit Administration, Alaniz said.
Among 13 other big-money transit projects in the running for New Start's federal funds are Baltimore's $2.6 billion Red Line, Los Angeles' $2.4 billion Westside Subway Extension Section 1 and San Diego's $1.6 billion Mid-Coast Corridor Transit, according to the VTA.