The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has completed its evaluation of Statements of Qualifications submitted in response to the subject RFQ. It has announced the following teams have been selected to the Short-List (in alphabetical order):
- The BART Silicon Valley Phase II Tunnel Partners (B2TP), a Joint Venture between Acciona Construction Corp USA (Acciona), FCC Construcción S.A. (FCC) and The Lane Construction Corporation (Lane), supported by Hatch Associate Consultants Inc. (Hatch).
- Bay Valley Connect, a Joint Venture between Civil & Building North America (BouyguesTP’s subsidiary in the U.S.), VINCI Construction and Barnard Construction, supported by Parsons
- Kiewit Shea Traylor Joint Venture, a JV between Kiewit Infrastructure West Co, J.F. Shea Construction and Traylor Brothers, supported by Kiewit Engineering Group and ARUP
VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project, (Phase II Project) will extend existing BART service into downtown San Jose and terminate in Santa Clara. Major construction of the four station, 9.6km (six-mile) extension is expected to start in 2022.
The successful contractor for this tunnel and trackwork contract package will ultimately design and construct approximately 8km (5-miles) of 14m i.d. (43 feet) tunnel, mined adits, ventilation and emergency egress facilities and three underground station substructures.
The tunnel that I would like to see built on the the VTA’s Bart Silicon Valley Phase II Extension from San Jose to Santa Clara is the one that is tunneled under Benton Street to Brokaw Street on the other side of the tract. Since Santa Clara is building a new Downtown not far from the railroad station, it makes since that there is an opening to connect traffic ie even if it were built for busses or trolleys only. I am uncertain as to why they closed that opening but I am fed up with the poor judgments of the past. Not only did bad judgments bulldoze our 8 block downtown but streets were sold and streets were permanently blocked for traffic. I believe it had something to do with the rerouting of the Alameda (El Camino Real). I don’t know who owns the land under the tracks, however, I feel the citizens of Santa Clara need a Hero to step up and do the right thing. Either a tunnel
Or an overpass.