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San Francisco's rapid rail gets $900 million for Silicon Valley extension

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:23 AM EDT, Wed March 14, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Federal Transit Administration will provide the $900 million
  • The project will create more than 1,600 jobs
  • It will also boost housing, business-related construction, FTA says

(CNN) -- The Federal Transit Administration will provide $900 million to extend San Francisco's rapid transit rail line from the Bay Area into the fast-growing Silicon Valley, the Department of Transportation announced Monday.

The project, expected to begin in April, will create more than 1,600 jobs and will extend the system by 10 miles, according to Bay Area Rapid Transit.

"President Obama called on us to rebuild America by putting people back to work on transportation projects that are built to last, like the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "BART will one day connect Bay Area residents with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the jobs they create, while reducing congestion on area highways for everyone. All across America, we have critical transportation work that needs to be done and Americans who are ready to do the work."

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will receive the funding, calling the BART extension an "unprecedented public works project" in a statement.

FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan said the extension would also create new construction in the housing, business and tourism sectors.

The $900 million provided by the FTA constitutes 38.6% of the project's total cost.

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