Berryessa/North San José station

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Berryessa / North San José
Bay Area Rapid Transit
An aerial view of a large metro station with an elevated center platform
The station on the first day of service in June 2020
Other namesBerryessa Transit Center, Berryessa
Location925 Berryessa Station Way[1]
San Jose, California 95133
United States
Coordinates37°22′06″N 121°52′29″W / 37.3683606°N 121.8746546°W / 37.3683606; -121.8746546Coordinates: 37°22′06″N 121°52′29″W / 37.3683606°N 121.8746546°W / 37.3683606; -121.8746546
Owned bySanta Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Line(s)BART S-Line
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Bus routesBus transport VTA Bus: 61, 70, 77, 500, 523
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Parking1,527 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedDecember 28, 2019 (bus service)
June 13, 2020 (BART)
Services
Preceding station Bart compact logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit Following station
Milpitas
toward Richmond
Berryessa/​North San José–​Richmond Terminus
Milpitas
toward Daly City
Berryessa/​North San José–​Daly City
Future service (2029-30)
Preceding station Bart compact logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit Following station
Milpitas
toward Richmond
Santa Clara–​Richmond 28th Street/​Little Portugal
Milpitas
toward Daly City
Santa Clara–​Daly City
Location

Berryessa/North San José station[2] (also known as Berryessa station and Berryessa Transit Center[3]) is an intermodal transit center located in the Berryessa District of San Jose, California. The station is served by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses. The transit center opened for bus service on December 28, 2019,[4] and subsequently for BART service on June 13, 2020.[5]

The station was built and is owned by VTA, while BART operates train service with funding from VTA.[6] The bus bays and parking garages are operated by VTA.[6] It is the first BART station ever built in San Jose, and service will terminate here until the completion of the downtown San Jose subway (the last phase of the Silicon Valley BART extension).[7]

Station layout[edit]

VTA route 523 bus at Berryessa

Berryessa/North San José station has a 30-by-700-foot (9.1 m × 213.4 m) elevated island platform, with a fare lobby under the center of the platform.[8] An adjacent seven-story garage and surface lot have a combined 1,527 parking spaces, while a bike station is located under the north end of the platform.[9][10] The site is adjacent to the San Jose Flea Market.[10]

The Berryessa Transit Center, a two-lane bus transfer facility, is located adjacent to the north end of the station. It is served by VTA Bus routes 61, 70, 77, 500, and 523. The Rapid routes 500 and 523 provide limited-stop connections to Downtown San Jose; route 500 also serves San Jose Diridon station.[10]

The station features a 15-foot-tall (4.6 m) cast bronze sculpture by Larry Kirkland, titled LIFE!, outside the main BART entrance. The sculpture depicts a wheel made of various items from daily life being rolled by a human figurine.[11]

History[edit]

The station's ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 12, 2020

This station is the southern of the two stations built as part of an extension from Warm Springs/South Fremont. The extension, known as Phase I of the Silicon Valley BART extension, broke ground in 2012 with completion initially expected in 2016 but delayed several times.[12] VTA received a $900 million grant for federal funding for the $2.3-billion Silicon Valley Extension in 2012.[13] Additional funding was provided by Measure B, a half-cent sales tax passed by Santa Clara County voters in 2016;[14] the Road Repair and Accountability Act, passed by the California Legislature in 2017;[15] and $125 million from the Federal Transit Administration in 2019 under a fast-track funding program.[16]

In 2017, at the request of the San Jose City Council, the station was renamed from Berryessa to "Berryessa/​North San José" to "alert riders – commuters and tourists alike – that they have arrived in the Capital of the Silicon Valley".[17][18]

On June 11, 2020, a group of Silicon Valley politicians proposed to have the station officially renamed as the "Ron Gonzales Berryessa Station" after Ron Gonzales, former mayor of San Jose, who began advocating for a Silicon Valley BART extension in 1989 while serving as a Santa Clara County Supervisor. BART station naming guidelines would likely discourage such a renaming.[19]

An official ribbon cutting for the BART station was held on June 12, 2020.[20] Berryessa/North San José and Milpitas stations opened for revenue service on June 13, 2020.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BART service to Milpitas and Berryessa stations starts Saturday, June 13". Bay Area Rapid Transit. May 19, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "BART unveils system map for future Milpitas and Berryessa service". Bay Area Rapid Transit. May 8, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2020. Wright, Bart (May 10, 2020). BART System Map (Map). Bay Area Rapid Transit. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  3. ^ "Berryessa Transit Center & Berryessa/North San José BART Station". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  4. ^ Childress, Brandi (2019-11-20). "Ready for Launch! VTA's All New Service December 28, 2019". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  5. ^ "BART opens Milpitas and Berryessa stations for passenger service | bart.gov". www.bart.gov. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  6. ^ a b "Who owns the BART stations in Berryessa/North San José and Milpitas? Who operates the different services?". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "BART Silicon Valley extension: Berryessa station". 2017.
  8. ^ Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Draft EIS/EIR. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. March 2004. p. 3.4–23 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Mohammed, Aliyah (August 10, 2017). "BART stations in Milpitas and Berryessa won't open early after all". Mercury News.
  10. ^ a b c Childress, Brandi (June 12, 2020). "VTA and BART Celebrate Rapid Rail Service to Milpitas and San José" (Press release). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
  11. ^ "Public Art at BART Silicon Valley Phase I Stations". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
  12. ^ Richards, Gary. "Next target: Extending BART under downtown San Jose". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2016. Construction begins this spring, with 2016 completion date... Source: VTA
  13. ^ "VTA and FTA Seal the Deal for BART Silicon Valley" (Press release). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. March 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  14. ^ "State Supreme Court OKs Santa Clara County transportation sales tax". sfchronicle.com. 2019-01-23. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  15. ^ "New gas tax to pay for road repair, BART projects". sfchronicle.com. 2017-11-01. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  16. ^ "BART San Jose Extension to Receive $125M in Fast-Track Funding". NBC Bay Area. 2019-08-28. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  17. ^ "VTA Board Action: VTA's BART Extension Station Names". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. August 3, 2017.
  18. ^ "Board of Directors Meeting, August 3, 2017, Minutes" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. September 8, 2017. p. 7.
  19. ^ "Leaders push to name new BART station after ex-San Jose mayor". San Jose Spotlight. June 11, 2020.
  20. ^ Meacham, Jody (June 12, 2020). "Subdued ceremonies mark BART's station openings in Santa Clara County". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "BART service to Milpitas and Berryessa stations starts Saturday". KTVU Fox 2. 2020-06-12. Retrieved 2020-06-12.

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