San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission has approved a $218m 25-year transportation plan that was initially delayed because of the economic downturn.

The projects included in the programme include the extension of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from Fremont to San Jose and Santa Clara, Caltrain system electrification and introduction of SMART rail system in Marin and Sonoma counties.

It also includes service enhancements along the Amtrak Capitol Corridor and extension of rail from Pittsburg and Bay Point BART station to eastern Contra Costa County.