Workers constructing the BART extension into Antioch accidentally sparked a grass fire Wednesday afternoon that burned roughly 7 acres of vegetation, a fire official said.
The Pittsburg to Antioch Bay Area Rapid Transit extension now under construction will include a station at Pittsburg City Center, officials said Thursday.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s project extending BART by 10 miles to San Jose will be completed as planned by 2017 despite a judge’s decision against closing a street in Milpitas, a VTA spokeswoman said Monday.
BART’s southward extension toward San Jose is on track with the Warm Springs Station set to open in 2015.
Shovels went into the ground Thursday on a transit project that has been often derided as a pipe dream, the Bay Area Rapid Transit extension to San Jose.
BART trains are expected to start running through Silicon Valley in 2016.
The BART Silicon Valley/Berryessa Extension has actually been in the works for years, but the federal grant means the project will move forward in a matter of weeks.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved the allocation of $19 million in bridge toll funds Wednesday for the BART extension project in east Contra Costa County, MTC spokesman John Goodwin said.
President Barack Obama’s budget proposal contains some great news for transit users in Silicon Valley, including the first installment of the $900 million in federal money needed for a BART extension to San Jose.