SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – U.S. transportation officials are recommending federal funding for the Bay Area Rapid Transit commuter train extension to San Jose.

The Valley Transportation Authority said last month that the 10-mile, $2.3 billion Santa Clara County line from Fremont to San Jose’s Berryessa could open before Christmas 2016.

The San Jose Mercury News has reported that the U.S. Department of Transportation will recommend to Congress on Tuesday that that more than $900 million in federal aid be set aside for BART over the next decade.

That’s the entire amount sought by local transportation officials for the Santa Clara County line extension.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Congress has 60 days to review the recommendation, but officials said that is a mere formality.

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