The BART Silicon Valley project’s $6.8 billion final phase will expand BART operations six miles through downtown San José to Santa Clara, and include one at-grade and three underground stations.

Three JVs Shortlisted for BART Silicon Valley Phase 2 Tunneling Contract

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has shortlisted three joint ventures to undertake the estimated $2 billion tunnel and trackwork contract for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase 2 (BSV2) extension project.

BART Maintenance and Engineering staffers retrofitted existing LED displays at Lake Merritt Station with full-color monitors to “demonstrate that this is an efficient, cost-effective method to get more information to customers,” according to the agency.

Transit Briefs: BART, VRE

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has started a platform-level sign pilot at Lake Merritt Station in Oakland, Calif.; Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is set to restore full commuter rail service.

People News: NJ Transit, HDR, Schenck, STV, WSP

New Jersey Transit hires Chief of Construction Management; HDR names Transportation Program Delivery Services Director; Schenck Process Group signs on Advisory Board Chairman; STV appoints Vice President; WSP USA welcomes two Leadership Team members for Southern California and Nevada.

Nuria Fernandez is currently Deputy Administrator and senior official of the Federal Transit Administration.

Fernandez Nominated for FTA Administrator (Updated)

President Joe Biden has officially sent to the U.S. Senate his nomination of Nuria I. Fernandez for Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the move would elevate her from Acting Administrator.

COVID-19 Rescue Package Signed: What’s in Store for Transit and Amtrak

Let’s take a closer look at the increases in relief for transit and Amtrak; consider how they will affect service; and examine what transit, Amtrak and their riders can expect in the near future.

Northern California: Link21 Megaproject Unveiled

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) have embarked on Link21, described as “a transformational improvement program” that will connect BART with the region’s intercity, commuter and high-speed passenger rail systems while also “connecting people sustainably to employment opportunities and affordable housing throughout the 21-county Northern California Megaregion.”

The new $100 million funding allocation will go toward the $6.86 billion final phase of VTA's BART Silicon Valley project, which will extend operations 6.5 miles from downtown San José to Santa Clara.

BART Silicon Valley Phase 2 Advancing With $100MM FTA Pledge

California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has been allocated $100 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for phase 2 of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley project. The $6.86 billion final phase will extend BART operations 6.5 miles from downtown San José to Santa Clara and include four new stations.

As of Dec. 4, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit had received 282 of the 775 cars on order with Bombardier; 266 had been certified and 171 were in service, some of which “were being used to provide training for BART train operators and maintenance technicians on the new systems, and to allow for regular train maintenance.” The first new cars entered revenue service in 2018.

BART Pausing New Car Deliveries

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) reported it will temporarily halt delivery of its new Fleet of the Future (FOTF) rapid transit cars from Bombardier Transportation due to two reliability issues.

The Kansas City (Mo.) Streetcar Main Street Extension Project, which is in the Engineering phase of FTA’s CIG program, has been allocated another $49.2 million so the existing Kansas City Streetcar can run from its current terminus at Union Station 3.5 miles to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (rendering above).

FTA Allocates $544.3MM to Seven Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will allocate $544.3 million to seven transit infrastructure projects—five rail-specific— through the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. This discretionary grant program funds capital investments in rapid transit, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars and bus rapid transit (BRT).

SJRRC will provide up to 50% off regular ACE commuter rail tickets to qualified riders as part of a one-year pilot program.

SJRRC Caps Fares With CAP

California’s San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) has launched the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Community Assistance Program (CAP) as a one-year pilot “to address equity and enhance regional mobility.”