Spades fly as the new light rail project in San Jose, California, starts. (VTA
The Santa Clara valley Transportation Authority (VTA) broke ground for the East San Jose light rail extension at Eastridge on 10 June. 
 
The 2.4 mile (3.8km) extension of the Orange Line will link Alum Rock with the new Eastridge Transportation Center from 2028. The USD 653M project is being built by MCM-Railwork under a contract awarded in March and involves an elevated line with a new station at Eastridge, The new light rail line is the last phase of the Capitol Expressway Transit Improvement Project that started in 2015. 
 
Santa Clara County Supervisor and Chair of the VTA Board Cindy Chavez said, ' This project has been eagerly anticipated for over 20 years. Today marks a monumental moment, brought to reality by the unwavering dedication and relentless efforts of our community and elected officials. As I look out, I see many faces who have tirelessly championed better public transit for east San Jose. Your steadfast commitment and perseverance in advocating for what you knew was right have finally led us to this ground breaking day. East San Jose deserves this progress. Together, we have made it happen.' 
Spades fly as the new light rail project in San Jose, California, starts. (VTA) 
 
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