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VTA held three general information meetings in April and May to make sure that members of the community who live, work and play near the future project corridor were informed about BSV Phase II Project. Staff covered a range of topics to present an overview of the project, details on future station areas, planned transit oriented communities and the single bore tunnel that will carry trains for passenger service.  
Weren’t able to attend the meeting? The presentation can be viewed on VTA’s Youtube Channel.
Community members came out to learn about future BART service, transit oriented communities and more.

Another Milestone Achieved for BSV Phase I

VTA's BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project achieved another major milestone when VTA transferred control of the BART trackway, systems and facilities to BART.

BART now has exclusive access to begin the final phase of testing and pre-revenue operations in preparation for passenger service at both the Milpitas & Berryessa Transit Centers planned to begin before the end of 2019. 

While VTA designed, funded and built the systems and facilities, BART will operate the service, maintain the systems and two new BART stations located within VTA’s two new transit centers in Milpitas and North San Jose

For nearly two decades, VTA has been working with BART to plan, design and construct the system and stations and deliver the regional service to Santa Clara County.

Read more on VTA’s Blog

Preparing for the Diridon Station of the Future

Collaborative planning and outreach efforts continue for the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan, with the third Community meeting happening on Monday, June 10.
Recognizing the future increase of transit services at Diridon Station, this joint planning effort by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Caltrain, City of San José, and VTA (the Partner Agencies) aims to find best strategies to expand and redesign the station for existing and future transit services.
The Partner Agencies anticipate completing Phase 1 of the Concept Plan process in Fall 2019. Phase 1 will result in a Draft Vision for the station, focusing on “big moves:” platform and station layout rail alignment, and connectivity between transit modes.  The concept plan focuses on the function of the station rather than architectural or environmental review. 
At the June 10th meeting, attendees will hear about three possible layouts for the future station area, provide feedback to help inform the draft vision, and can ask questions and chat with project staff.
Future outreach efforts include a meeting in Spanish, tentatively scheduled for June 26, an online survey tool and multiple dates for information tables outside of Diridon Station.
Learn more about the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan

Sowing the Seeds for Future Transportation Jobs With BART Silicon Valley  (BSV) Phase II

For a family without transportation, or in a disadvantaged community, job opportunities are often limited to places nearby. When complete, the Phase II project will carry riders to jobs all around the Bay Area – opening up economic opportunity for workers and residents in Santa Clara County. Now, the project will create economic opportunity *during* construction as well.

VTA was awarded $750 million dollars to plan and build the BSV Phase II Project from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) along with a grant to develop a program that supports disadvantaged communities during construction, working with a Community Based Organization.
The goal: provide an opportunity for low-income communities to engage with VTA's BART Silicon Valley project before any trains even run on the rails. 

Working with Job Corps and the Transportation Communications Union, VTA is developing a hands-on training program and introduction to project construction and community engagement that will connect students to the BSV Phase II project, giving them a chance to learn about an entire industry. It is VTA’s intent to implement the program once construction is underway.  BSV Phase II might take these students to their jobs in the future – and it might inspire their choice later.
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