The long-awaited work to extend BART from Fremont to Berryessa begins today with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent political officials. The event has been a long time coming, and shovels should enter the ground this afternoon
The project, stretching 10 miles at a $2.3 billion price tag to build, will take riders from South Fremont to a new station that will be called Warm Springs (pictured).
The Business Journal reports that political leaders expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony include former San Jose Mayor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta, current Mayor Chuck Reed, Sen. Diane Feinstein, and U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, amongst others.
This phase of the project expects to be complete by 2015, while the plan to extend BART through downtown San Jose has yet to secure funding.