As BART and VTA extend BART to San Jose, transit officials revealed the project is under budget and ahead of schedule.
BART's extension into San Jose takes in two phases - phase 1 extends the system south, from the existing Fremont station to Berryessa, in San Jose, with stations at Warm Springs/South Fremont and Milpitas (Montague).
Warm Springs is expected to open before the November 8 election, which will serve as the terminal for the Green and Orange lines until Milpitas and Berryessa open in one year's time.
Phase 2 of the San Jose extension continues south, from Berryessa all the way to Santa Clara through Downtown San Jose.
Come visit Milpitas and Berryessa stations today, and you'll see a largely unfinished complex. When these two stations open though, they will be some of the most accessible stations in the BART system, with a footbridge connecting Milpitas BART and Montague VTA stations together, and a pedestrian bridge connecting with the San Jose Flea Market at Berryessa.
The federal government has granted $1.5 million towards researching and planning phase 2 of the project. Rep. Zoe Lofgren said the Obama administration has been very supportive of funding for many key plans in the Bay Area.
“President Obama likes the Bay Area, he has been very supportive of our efforts," Lofgren said.
To find out more about BART's expansion into San Jose, visit sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com.
Beginning October 3, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) will raise fares by 5.25%, or around 25 cents, rounded up.
Current ACE tickets will still be accepted until the end of this year, on December 30, but only new, more expensive tickets will now be sold at ACE stations.
Anyone who has ACE ticket purchased before January of 2013 can request a ticket upgrade here, or at the following stations:
VTA has officially opened two brand-new Downtown San Jose bus stations, designed to show San Jose's rich history and tech-filled present day.
The Downtown Eastbound station on Santa Clara Street, near 2nd Street, represents San Jose's rich cultural diversity and agricultural innovation. The station at City Hall is designed to represent the process of filing a patent, including various patent drawing conventions.
Kim Walesh, Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development at the City of San Jose, says that transportation plays a "critical" role in the appeal of Downtown San Jose.
“What we hear from companies is they want access to talent, transportation options, and amenities. Once people realize that BART is accessible at Berryessa and that the BRT is modern, frequent and fast, that connection from downtown to BART will be really key.”
Indeed, VTA is an integral part of the City of San Jose and Silicon Valley, and with future connections to BART coming in the next couple years, it will only continue to become more influential in a growing, thriving South Bay.
For more information, visit www.vta.org.