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Economy creates big setback for BART to SJ

Original post made on Mar 3, 2009

New analysis of projected sales tax revenues shows that bringing BART to San Jose will be delayed a number of years, even with the sales tax increase voters approved for BART last November.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 1:57 PM


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Posted by Marcel Marchon
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Maybe it's finally time to re-think the BART-to-SJ boondoggle and look at alternatives ... (e.g. Web Link)

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Posted by smart growther
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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.

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Posted by Jon Wiener
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm

"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.

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Posted by Vijay Kumar
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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.