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BART Expansion Plan In Works

Talks to bring Bay Area Rapid Transit to the South Bay are picking up as the deadline to form an agreement approaches.

Officials must finish an agreement by November 19th to get on a list for federal funding which could provide hundreds of millions of dollars for the project.

The talks have been touchy. The Valley Transportation Authority has even come up with a backup plan for its own train system in case talks fall through.

The 21-mile extension from Fremont to San Jose would cost 3.7 billion dollars to build, and the VTA is 834 million dollars short.

One sticking point is BART officials are demanding the VTA pinpoint exactly where its money will come from for maintenance and daily operations.