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VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension Program

VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension Program (BSV) will expand BART service into Santa Clara County, bringing frequent and reliable regional rail service to over 1.7 million county residents.  The project is being built in two phases.

  • Phase I extends service from Alameda County into Santa Clara County, with stops at Milpitas and Berryessa/North San José. Service began on June 13, 2020.
  • Phase II, currently in design and engineering, will extend service from the Berryessa Transit Center to stations at 28th Street/Little Portugal, Downtown San José, Diridon Station with the end of service in Santa Clara.

More than a transit project, BSV is an entire program of improvements that will transform Silicon Valley.  Facets of the project include transit oriented communities, multimodal transportation connectivity, as well as roadway, utility and environmental improvements.

Project History

The effort to bring BART into Santa Clara County has been decades in the making.

When the BART District was formed in the 1960’s, Santa Clara County opted out. Faced with growing congestion along the I-880 corridor, a Major Investment Study was conducted in 2001 which identified the need for transit alternatives and laid the groundwork to start the environmental process for the BART Silicon Valley Extension Program.

The original project would have extended service in one 16 mile extension from South Fremont to Santa Clara. The VTA  Board committed to building the project in two phases in February 2009, with Phase I carrying passengers to Berryessa/North San José and Phase II serving downtown San José to Santa Clara.

Phase I broke ground in 2012 and opened for passenger service on June 13, 2020.

Phase II has completed the environmental process and is currently in the design and engineering process.

About VTA

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region.

VTA provides bus, light rail, and paratransit services, as well as participates as a funding partner in regional rail service including Caltrain, Capital Corridor, and the Altamont Corridor Express.

As the county’s congestion management agency, VTA is responsible for countywide transportation planning, including congestion management, design and construction of specific highway, pedestrian, and bicycle improvement projects, as well as promotion of transit oriented development.

VTA provides these services throughout the county, including Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale. VTA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Santa Clara County.

Q Day Pass Accumulator

The Day Pass Accumulator feature ensures the Clipper® cash rider will never pay more than the price of a Day Pass.

Just load your Clipper card with cash, tag it upon boarding, and once you’ve paid the equivalent of a Day Pass, any further local rides that day will be free

Q Fare Compliance

VTA light rail operates on a proof-of-payment system. All light rail passengers must have a valid fare before boarding light rail. Clipper patrons must tag their Clipper card before boarding a light rail vehicle.

Fare inspectors regularly patrol the system and ask passengers at random to produce a valid transit pass. Violators are subject to fines and can lose their transit privileges. Failure to comply with VTA's fare policy is in violation of California Penal Code 640. Violation of California Penal Code 640 is punishable up to the maximum penalty allowed by law.

If you have been cited for not having valid fare and need information on how to pay the fine, you can use the Santa Clara County Public Access Traffic Case Information Website. Information can be found by visiting the Santa Clara County Superior Court's website.

Q 2 Hours of Free Transfers

Payment for a single ride with Clipper or EZfare (VTA's mobile ticketing app) will be valid for 2 hours of FREE transfers across VTA buses and light rail. Express bus fare is required for any trip that includes express service.

Adult passengers traveling from a local bus to an Express bus will have to pay a surcharge of $2.50:

Adult Clipper card users must pay the surcharge in the form of Clipper cash (only). Cash value must be loaded prior to tagging on the express route. The same Clipper card must be used when tagging from local to express routes. See details for SmartPass holders.
EZfare users must pay the surcharge in the form of cash.
Youth and Senior/Disabled/Medicare riders who transfer from local to express service will not have a surcharge.

Q Monthly Passes

Monthly passes are valid for the calendar month purchased. They are not 31-day passes.

Monthly passes are available for purchase from the 16th of the previous month through the 15th of the pass month. For example, a monthly pass for July is available for purchase from June 16 through July 15.

Q Express Fares

Express bus fare is required for any trip that includes express service.

Express Fares are for Express Bus routes only. Youth and seniors pay their regular fare on Express Buses.

Q Senior (65+), Disabled & Medicare

To qualify for the Senior/Disabled/Medicare fare, you must present one of the following:

Medicare Card
Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount Card or a valid card from another California transit provider
DMV Disabled License Plate registration
DMV Disabled Parking Placard printout
Proof of age (65 and older)
A valid picture I.D. may be required.

May ride VTA Express Bus service without an upgrade.

Q Youth (5-18)

A valid picture I.D. may be required
May ride VTA Express Bus service without an upgrade
Children under five ride free

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