Battle heating up over BART-extension measure

Voters to decide on Measure B on Nov. 4

As the November election draws closer, the fight is heating up over the proposed Santa Clara County sales tax increase that would allow an extension of the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system to be built from Fremont to San Jose.

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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 16, 2008 at 11:02 am

We need a comprehensive public transit plan that funds all transit systems (BART, Caltrain, light rail, busses) simultaneously. We need all these systems, but funding them one at a time (or taking money from some to fund others) is extremely confusing.

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Posted by Why another Rail Right-of-way ?
a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm

The push by BART into Santa Clara is another step towards the vision of "ringing the Bay".

With the Santa Clara/San Jose light rail system in place, and with Cal Train/SP running the length of the Peninsula, why is another rail system being developed ?

The Peninsula has a highly accessible and functional and under-utilized rail system already operating within it's limited geography. Where does the ridership come from to service this newly proposed system? Or, perhaps because of the limited ridership - it'll simply be our taxes subsidizing a second concrete, razor wire encompassed eyesore slicing through the Peninsula.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I am with Greg on this.

Money spent on transit while it is still divided into BART, Caltrain, VTA, SamTrans, and the rest, is still going to do nothing to give us overall regional provincial public transport. We need one authority and one oversight and one vision.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2008 at 6:09 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Grade separation, electrification with modern HV overhead and relaying BART with standard gauge wold buy us the most for our transit dollar. I would like to see the roads made public right of way open to any operator, but not in my lifetime.

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Posted by Evan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 17, 2008 at 10:44 am

The top priority should be the electrification of Caltrain. That is what will bring the most benefit to the most people, for the lowest cost.

If this can happen AS WELL AS the BART extension, by all means, extend BART. But electrification of Caltrain could transform transportation along the SF>SJ corridor, and it should come first.

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Posted by Hypocrites
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 17, 2008 at 10:56 am

Kishimoto/Klein are against it---that means a yes vote from me. Kind of hypocritical of our council members to talk all the time about climate change and public transportation, but then to come out against thi smeasure.

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