The local construction industry had a bone thrown its way Tuesday, as the first portion of a BART extension has received federal support, according to a San Jose Business Journal report.
The first leg of the extension will run from Fremont into North San Jose (Berryessa). That certainly must be music to the local construction industry’s ears, as it is currently experiencing more than 30 percent unemployment, the report says.
Receiving $900 million in federal money is considered a major step forward for the BART extension project, which will run from Fremont into San Jose and on to Santa Clara, and likely cost about $6 billion total. Current estimates predict 2,500 jobs will be filled to complete the line, and 7,000 more jobs will be created to continue BART maintenance and operations.
The Berryessa extension is expected to start next year and take six years to complete.
Correction: The original posting of this article incorrectly reported that the entire project would cost $16 billion.