The long anticipated opening of the new Milpitas and San Jose Berryessa BART stations has finally been announced! The 10 mile extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has been years in the making and will now be open to passengers starting on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
Today BART’s general manager, Robert Powers, will sign a Notice of Intent to Operate and present it along with the Safety and Security Certificate and documentation to the California Public Utilities Commision (CPUC), the regulatory agency for utilities in California. These forms verify that all safety analyses and tests have been completed and confirm that no safety hazards or liabilities are known to be present that would prevent the new extensions from passenger use.
BART will release a new service schedule serving the two new stations prior to opening. The first train on June 13, 2020 serving the two new stations headed north will be a Richmond bound train and will depart the Berryessa/North San Jose station at 7:56AM and will arrive at the Milpitas station just 3 minutes later at 7:59AM. VTA’s new Line 500, which also goes live on June 13, will connect the Berryessa Transit Center to San Jose State University, Downtown San Jose and the Diridon Caltrain Station.
“Expanding travel options in one of the Bay Area’s most congested corridors is key to an economic revival,” said Powers. “Connecting Silicon Valley to the rest of the Bay Area will not only beef up our public transportation network but create new opportunities for much-needed housing near transit.”
BART’s next expansion phase is the 6 mile stretch that would connect the Berryessa/North San Jose station to Diridon Station in Downtown San Jose. That expansion is still in the planning process.
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