When BART trains roll into San Jose’s Berryessa Station in a few years, they’ll be in Santa Clara County for the first time.
Wednesday, BART’s extension to Silicon Valley received its final $39 million in state funding from the California Transportation Commission. That brings state funding to $768 million for a project expected to cost $2.3 billion.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is overseeing construction of and will own the 10-mile extension -- and BART will operate it. Scheduled to open to the public early in 2018, the extension will bring BART to Milpitas and San Jose, the Bay Area’s largest city.
An event celebrating the state allocation to the VTA was held at the site of the future Berryessa Station, the end of the extension, located between San Jose's Alum Rock district and downtown.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed spoke at the event, telling the audience that “somebody is destined for sainthood because a miracle has happened in California. We’re getting the last check of more than a $700 million promise that was made decades ago.”