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VTA Drops Plan For Record-Breaking Downtown San Jose Bart Tunnel, Will Seek Smaller Options

VTA is again changing its plans for the multi-billion-dollar project bringing BART through downtown San Jose, dropping a proposal to bore the world’s largest subway tunnel for nearly five miles beneath the city and reopening the process for designing an extension that is already severely delayed.

What remains unclear, though, is how much this redesigned version of the project will cost, or when BART trains will finally roll into the center of the Bay Area’s largest city.

Critics had raised questions about VTA’s ability to pull off audacious plans to bore a 55-foot-wide tunnel under downtown San Jose, particularly as the agency is nearly two years late delivering stations in Milpitas and Berryessa — the far more conventional first phase of the long-awaited Santa Clara County extension it is building for BART.

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