BART has developed a System Expansion Policy that states goals and strategies for expanding the system including criteria for evaluating expansion opportunities.
The Planning Department at BART assesses strategic opportunities for system expansion by conducting corridor studies for future BART services, assessing alternative methods for expanding transit services in the region, completing assessments of environmental impacts of proposed projects, and analyzing opportunities for new stations within the existing system (infill stations).
Santa Clara / Silicon Valley BART Extension
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has been conducting studies to extend BART from the proposed Warm Springs BART Station into Santa Clara County, a 16.3 mile extension. BART has been a partner on the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project (BART to Santa Clara County) study, and has supported and monitored VTA's efforts. Measure A, a sales tax measure sponsored by VTA, passed in November, 2000 and dedicated $2 billion toward this project. VTA is the lead agency and will work in cooperation with BART.
VTA is an independent special district responsible for bus and light rail operations, congestion management, specific highway improvement projects, and countywide transportation planning in Santa Clara County. VTA is both a transit provider, and a multi-modal transportation planning organization involved with transit, highways and roadways, bikeways, and pedestrian facilities. For more information, visit the VTA website.