Berryessa Transit Center wins award for sweeping impact

Noah Berger

VTA’s Berryessa Transit Center has been awarded the Envision Platinum Award by The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure in recognition of social and economic sustainability, providing employment opportunities and improving mobility options.

The project enhances community quality of life in the South Bay and San Jose by addressing the transportation needs in the congested Bay Area, providing much needed connectivity between local transportation systems, and increasing access to service for all – including low-income, youth, elderly, and people with disabilities, according to the Institute.

Opened in late 2019, the Berryessa Transit Center was completed as part of the first phase of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Program that will ultimately extend BART service for 16 miles into Santa Clara County.

The second phase of the program will extend service from the Berryessa Transit Center through Downtown San Jose and terminate in Santa Clara, with early construction anticipated to begin in 2022. 

MTC has been a key advocate in securing funding for the Silicon Valley extension through the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program. These funds account for about 39 percent of the $2.3 billion project cost.

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