SSH Joint Venture Creates $2.3B BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension

By Debra Wood

Threading a rail line through the congested corridor from Fremont, California, into Silicon Valley may have presented challenges to the design-build team, but as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation (VTA) regional Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension nears completion, the $2.3 billion project remains on budget and ahead of schedule.

The community has yearned for a regional transit service into Silicon Valley since the late 1990s. Santa Clara County, California, voters approved, in 2000, a 30-year, half-cent sales tax to pay for the extension. Studies showed extending the BART line to Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara offered an optimal option for relieving congestion on the north-south interstates.  

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