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VTA bets big on housing in Santa Clara County

Original post made on Mar 23, 2022

Earlier this month, VTA announced several significant updates about housing projects being built on agency-owned land.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 12:38 PM

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Posted by maguro_01
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 24, 2022 at 5:51 pm

maguro_01 is a registered user.

People who need VTA to get to work came to realize during that several month's shutdown that VTA did not see dependability as one of its primary functions. It was fortunate, if that's the word for it, that the shutdown was during a time of very low transit usage. Indeed, the reason given for the shutdown is horrifying especially when caused by an employee with access privileges. But so was 9/11 and other urban disasters over the years.

It's well known that suburbia cannot have a usual transit system that remotely makes costs. And presently wouldn't even if the vehicles did not require an operator. But much of the area is urbanizing. Further, transit has quantifiable benefits like less traffic, emissions, land area used for cars, etc, that could be at least approximated for us to keep in mind when we see transit system's operating numbers. Transit may actually be more economic than it appears. Not planning transportation, including land, when urbanizing will be an expensive error. Already the overall costs and times needed are making backbone transit construction less and less possible. The costs of BART expansion to San Jose are an example. Running Caltrain to the new SF transit center will likely never be done.

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