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BART to San Jose news

By Matt Artz
Monday, August 4th, 2008 at 8:26 am in BART, business, rail, San Jose.

Yay, Silicon Valley business leaders support raising taxes on individuals to bring BART to San Jose. I’ve lived with several city and transportation planners over the years. They all said BART to San Jose is going to be a HUGE waste of money and that expanding light rail, such as the ACE train, would be a much cheaper/better option.

Then again, some of them said my dishwashing method wastes water and that one shouldn’t bother flushing the toilet after one pees. Maybe they’re just natural born haters.

For more on a potential sales tax to fund the BART extension, click here.

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  • Doug

    Matt, regarding your comment, “…expanding light rail, such as the ACE train, would be a much cheaper/better option.” I don’t think the ACE train is considered light rail. The VTA rail system in San Jose is.

  • Coyote Bill

    I wonder if the people commuting (on Bart) to San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland consider Bart a Huge waste of money.
    Bart’s up front capital may be large, but take the long view over many years and Bart is a bargain.
    I am looking forward to going to San Jose on Bart.

  • MikeOnBike

    Coyote Bill Says: “I wonder if the people commuting (on Bart) to San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland consider Bart a Huge waste of money.”

    For the existing system: Could something better have been built? Could something less expensive have done the same job? A lot of decisions were made back then (about track gauge, voltage, no-bid contracts, etc.) which continue to define (some would say haunt) the system, for better or worse.

    For future projects: Do we continue extending the existing technology, regardless of cost? Or do we consider options that weren’t available in the 1960s?

    For recent BART extensions: How well are they performing compared to projections? How much did they cost compared to estimates?

    For BART to San Jose: Is Santa Clara County being honest about cost and ridership projections?

    BART may very well have been (and continue to be) the best option to serve transbay and downtown SF. It’s not necessarily the best option to serve Silicon Valley.

    For commuters to Silicon Valley from Fremont, Pleasanton, Livermore, and beyond, the current ACE line is much faster and more direct. Can it be made much more frequent and bidirectional for less than six billion dollars?

    Meanwhile, the latest proposed sales tax still isn’t enough to cover the cost of building and running BART to San Jose.