Apple is expanding rapidly in Silicon Valley because it needs more space to house its fast-growing research and development workforce, possibly for the long-rumored Apple Car.One of its new secret facilities is a former FedEx distribution center in Santa Clara that Apple leased last year.

Funding for the extension may come down to a vote later this year and environmental studies and other permits must be acquired before plans are finalized.An official for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority told the Business Journal that Apple's work at the facility is "a bump we're going to have to negotiate.

Although Apple doesn't own the site, it's reportedly entered into a long-term lease and has started to spend millions to improve the location, including installing an "regenerative thermal oxidizer" and other industrial tools.

Permits filed last summer show that Apple plans to run a "Cathode/Anode Operation" out of the site.

Apple has said that it supports commuting alternatives to cars, and has a 34% participation goal for public transport participation at its new "spaceship" headquarters.

The new Cupertino campus will have a "mass transit shuttle link" that transports employees to BART, Caltrain, and other light rail stops.

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