Firing off a proverbial warning shot, Mountain View, Palo Alto and six other West Valley cities sent a letter recently to the (VTA) of Santa Clara County, reminding the agency to make the cities' local traffic problems a top priority.
It is the second time the eight cities have sent a joint letter to remind VTA officials they want more attention focused on local transit solutions, particularly along the Highway 85 corridor.
The letter comes at a significant time, when VTA officials are preparing a sales tax measure for the November 2016 ballot in the hopes of funding a host of transportation improvements. Whether the measure has unified support from cities across Santa Clara County could make difference in its success at the ballot box.
In the latest letter, the cities suggest that a comprehensive study of state Highway 85 should begin well before the sales-tax measure goes to voters.
Mountain View and Palo Alto were joined in signing the letter by Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Altos Hills, Los Altos, Saratoga and Campbell.