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Industry Forum Draws Crowds

On February 11, 2020, VTA hosted an Industry Forum for tunnel and rail engineering and construction firms, prime contractors and disadvantaged, local and small business enterprises. Nearly 500 local, national and international attendees had the opportunity to discover more about the project and contracting details, as well as network with large firms and learn how to become a supplier to VTA. In the next year, VTA intends to host additional workshops to prepare potential contractors to participate in the procurement process. 

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Watch the Flyover Conceptual Video of VTA's BART Phase II Project

Appointment of New Program Delivery Chief

On February 6, VTA's Board unanimously voted for the appointment of Takis Salpeas to serve as the new VTA's BART Silicon Valley Program Delivery Chief. He has been appointed for a term of three years with two additional one-year options.
Mr. Salpeas is a nationally respected project delivery expert with wide experience in large transit infrastructure projects. An award-winning leader in rail and tunneling, he has a long record in California, nationally and internationally.
His experience includes helping deliver the BART Airport Connector, Los Angeles Expo and Foothill Connector, MIA Mover in Miami, Dulles Silver Line, Utah Transit Authority Light Rail, along with the Dubai, Riyadh and Doha Metros.

VTA's BART Phase I Extension Update

BART, VTA and contractors continue to work earnestly to prepare the Berryessa/North San Jose and Milpitas stations for passenger service. 

The contractor continues to resolve discrepancies that have been identified by BART in their acceptance testing, with a focus on activities that would enable an early re-initiation of BART acceptance testing.  Once testing is complete BART will resume pre-revenue operations, training and the system will be safety certified. 

To expedite the closure of the discrepancy resolution, BART crews are actively shadowing contractor crews to approve the field work, where possible. VTA and BART have continued to meet daily to resolve issues dealing with restarting revenue testing. Since February 14, 2020, VTA and BART have adopted a co-leadership project management team in the field, with VTA overseeing construction activities and BART overseeing testing and acceptance activities, leading to passenger service.

VTA projects that by 2030 roughly 20,000 passengers will use Milpitas Station each day, and 25,000 will pass through Berryessa Station, the first of the planned San Jose stops.
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