San José Mayor’s Statement on Status of BART Extension from San José to San Francisco, Oakland

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Rachel Davis, Press Secretary, 408.712.9149, rachel.davis@sanjoseca.gov

SAN JOSÉ, CA — San José Mayor Sam Liccardo released the following statement in response to the procedural ruling in the U.S. Senate that took the funding for the BART extension from San José to the rest of the Bay Area out of the “American Rescue Plan.”

“While disappointing, I want to thank our Congressional delegation for their championing of the BART Phase 2 project, which will finally connect the downtown of America’s 10th largest city, San José, to our region’s other two major cities, Oakland and San Francisco, with a “ring of rail” around the Bay Area.

This transformative project will become America’s first to utilize the innovative Expedited Project Delivery Program championed by Republican and Democratic administrations — leveraging state, regional and local funding sources to pay for 75% of the project’s cost — an uniquely cost-effective federal investment. I look forward to working with our Congressional leaders to find the funding that will enable us to transform nearly 100,000 auto drivers into BART transit riders.”…(more)

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