The Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority is considering asking voters to approve a sales tax that would help secure federal matching funds for a $6 billion expansion of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

The extension, which would be built by the authority and operated by BART, would complete a long-dreamed-of expansion to San Jose, the biggest city in the Bay Area and the heart of Silicon Valley. The proposed route would extend the system’s Fremont line on the east side of the bay by 16 miles, connecting San Jose to the rapid transit system that serves San Francisco and Oakland.

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