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on Mar 3, 2009
Maybe it's finally time to re-think the BART-to-SJ boondoggle and look at alternatives ... (e.g. Web Link)
Maybe it's time to consider another sales tax increase. Just kidding. Time to re-think the idea that we can tax ourselves and raise revenue.
"VTA's plans ... relied on a doubling of half-cent Measure A sales tax revenues from $150 million a year to $350 million by 2035."
I think I figured out the problem.
It will be nice to have BART all the way upto Mountain View and Palo Alto etc. It should come to the entire Santa Clara county. I remember from the old Alioto days (Joseph Alioto was the mayor of San Francisco from 1968 to 1976) when BART was being constructed, the cost was expected to be around $2-3 Billion for the entire circle which would have included Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Per Wikipedia Web Link, "Alioto put his energy behind the development of three major building projects: the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART).....etc". He was blocked by the naysayers, so BART remains like an almost a hook, instead of a circle. Due to rise in the cost of land, labor and equipment etc, we see immensely high figures for completing the remainder of the BART system. I don't hear any movement to build BART tracks in San Mateo county at all.
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