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The Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project—306 new railcars, a CBTC (communications-based train control) system to enable closer headways, a new railcar storage yard at the Hayward Maintenance Complex, and five additional traction power substations—is required to address capacity problems. The agency has lined up $2.3 billion in secured or planned local funding but is in need of $1.25 billion more through an FTA capital grant currently stalled in the FTA Capital Investment Grants Program review process.
After the project’s completion, BART would be able to operate up to 60 ten-car trains per hour (30 in each direction) through the existing Transbay Tube. Current Transbay Tube throughput is 46 trains per hour.
BART is ready to move the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project into the Engineering phase, and Crunican said the agency cannot proceed without FTA funding. She said the project has been delayed by FTA for more than a year, and every year of delay will cost taxpayers an estimated $120 million. BART had been anticipating FTA approval for entry into the Engineering phase by late 2018.
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