Silicon Valley Gears up for Regional Transit

By Timothy Schmidt and Bernice Alaniz

In fall 2017, Silicon Valley transportation and community leaders, businesses, and residents will celebrate their long-awaited dream of bringing regional transit service to the South Bay area when the first phase of the BART Silicon Valley Extension — also known as the Berryessa Extension — opens to the public. The 10-mile, two-station Berryessa Extension will begin south of the future Warm Springs station in Fremont, Calif., proceed through Milpitas, and end in the Berryessa area of north San Jose.

The $2.3 billion project includes two stations: Milpitas Station, located at the intersection of Montague Expressway and Capitol Avenue; and Berryessa Station, located between Berryessa and Mabury roads adjacent to the San Jose Flea Market. The second phase of the extension, anticipated to begin in 2019 once funding is secured, will further extend the BART system from the future phase one terminus for approximately six miles, ending in Santa Clara near the Caltrain station. Four stations are proposed for the second phase.

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