(Excerpts from Press Releases)
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) broke ground on the 10-mile BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at 1404 Mabury Road, just south of the future Berryessa Station in San Jose.
“Silicon Valley residents are eager for BART expansion. As gas prices soar and traffic congestion increases, commuters need more transit options,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor and VTA Board Chairman Ken Yeager.
Federal, state, and local officials will participate in the long-awaited milestone, ceremonially shoveling ballast (rock) onto the future track area. Recognizing decades of planning and championing
Construction of the 10-mile, two station project is planned for 2012-2016. Initial construction activities include relocating utilities and preparing the future station areas for construction. Other current and near-term work includes construction at major intersections that the BART system will cross. Installing the tracks for BART will be one of the last construction activities.
The historic groundbreaking event will symbolize the culmination of all the major milestones to date on the largest public works project in Santa Clara County’s history.