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    There are a lot of questions about the President’s budget proposal, so let’s talk.

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    Elimination of New Start grants from the FTA would be harsh. In the past, this helped pay for BART to SFO.

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    Presently, we are applying for $1 billion in New Start grants with the goal of 2-minute intervals between transbay trains.

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    That goal involves purchasing 306 new cars, maintenance facilities, new train control systems, and power infrastructure upgrades.

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    We’re currently putting big chunks of our own money toward those projects, but a $1 billion loss would be difficult to absorb.

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    @Caltrain is seeing effects of insecure federal funding w/ electrification. That puts financial pressure on local agencies like us.

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    In the near future, VTA’s Phase II of BART to Silicon Valley will apply for $1.5 billion in federal funds to bring us to San Jose.

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    Ending New Start would severely undermine BART to Silicon Valley, eliminating funding for 32% of the entire project.

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    In conclusion, the president’s change in policy would drastically shift funding downstream, and likely hit local users the hardest.

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    Congress must now decide whether that’s a direction they should take, as they look at their options moving forward.

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    Point of clarification - 32% of the entire Phase II part of BART to Silicon Valley.

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