BART one step closer to securing $1.17 billion federal grant to increase transbay capacity

06.20.19

BART one step closer to securing $1.17 billion federal grant to increase transbay capacity

BART is one step closer to increasing the number of trains operating through the Transbay Tube and lengthening peak hour trains in a program designed to relieve crowding.

The Federal Transit Administration today announced it has given BART approval to advance the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project into the engineering phase of the FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program.

The FTA will allocate $300 million toward the project and by advancing the project into the engineering phase, BART is closer to getting the full $1.17 billion it is requesting.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein for their unwavering support as BART works to secure this vital funding. FTA Acting Administrator Jane Williams and her team have been extraordinary partners to work with. Our regional economy is intricately tied to our ability to move more people through this crucial corridor,” says BART General Manager Grace Crunican. “BART and the Trump Administration are focused on investing in and improving infrastructure as rebuilding transportation systems, along with our roads and bridges, benefits everyone.”

BART currently operates 23 trains per hour (213) cars in each direction through the Transbay Tube between San Francisco and Oakland during peak commute hours.

With further ridership increases expected, BART is working to expand to 30 ten-car trains in each direction per hour with the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project.

The project includes four elements:

  • Additional rail cars: 306 additional railcars to provide the trains needed to increase capacity.
  • Train control modernization: A new communications-based train control (CBTC) system that will allow more trains per hour through the Transbay Tube.
  • New railcar storage yard: To accommodate the additional 306 rail cars needed for higher frequency service, BART will build a new storage yard on BART-owned property at the Hayward Maintenance Complex.
  • Traction power substations: With more frequent and longer trains, BART will need to enhance the electrical system that powers them by building five new substations in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Reaching this milestone puts BART further down the path to a Full Funding Grant Agreement from the CIG Program, anticipated in December of this year.

In the FTA’s annual report on the CIG Program released in March, BART’s Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project received the highest overall project rating in the country.

The total cost of the Transbay Core Capacity Project is $3.5 billion with approximately $1.5 billion in local funds already committed. Measure RR is providing $460 million to the project, Regional Measure 3 adopted in 2018 is providing $500 million and $318 million comes from the California State Transportation Agency’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

The announcement came minutes before the start of a BART Twitter Town Hall on crowding.