This is courtesy of my favorite Niles chat group. The Santa Clara County Grand Jury has released a brief report questioning whether the county should continue its support and funding of the Dumbarton Rail Project.
For a reminder, the project would run trains from the Union City BART Station across the Bay to Redwood City and then on to San Jose and San Francisco. But the price of the project has doubled and other problems have surfaced.
It’s also a big bone of contention between Union City and Fremont. Union City desperately wants the project to go forward because it would help cement its BART station as a regional transportation hub.
Fremont hates it because it thinks the train line would be a big waste of money (it wouldn’t save much time on the current bus service) and that it would divert money needed for extending BART to San Jose. It’s also very unpopular in parts Niles that would be stuck with a lot more freight train traffic.
For the report, click here.