BART Admits New Stations Won't Open This Year As Promised

Matt Bigler
November 19, 2019 - 11:44 am
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Once again, the grand opening of two BART stations in Santa Clara County is being pushed back and there's no word when exactly the transit agency plans to complete the long awaited expansion project. 

After months of insisting that the Milpitas and Berryessa BART stations would welcome passengers this year, officials now say only that they will be active points on the train network in 2020. 

Ongoing safety tests have held up the completion, according to the Valley Transportation Authority, which paid for and built the line extensions into San Jose. 

"That is the most important message. That the emphasis is on safety and reliability," said VTA spokeswoman Bernice Alaniz.

BART will operate the trains when the stations open. 

Elizabeth Alexis with Californians Advocating for Responsible Rail Design criticized BART and VTA for not working together more closely. She said there was an unusual arrangement n which each agency had access to the tracks at certain times of day. 

"It seems like they were trying to take a shortcut, but it didn't work," she told KCBS Radio.

A second phase of construction calls for digging a massive tunnel to reach downtown San Jose

The $6 billion project has been delayed several times already. Just last month, the completion date was moved back to 2029.