BART to San Jose lies caught up to backers on Tuesday.

My letter to the Merc –

Dear Editor —

In 2000, Santa Clara voters were promised BART-to-San-Jose, Caltrain electrification, and increased bus service with no new taxes. Santa Claus was going to pay for any funding shortfalls.

Since then over $100 million in borrowed money has been spent planning the BART-to-San-Jose project. Yet for all that credit card spending, the BART-to-San-Jose project hasn’t even been able to complete the federal
documents needed to get federal funding. The proponents say that they plan on getting money from all these other agencies. Yet at $4.7 billion dollars and rising, BART is a project that no other agency believes should be
built and they certainly are not eager to fund it.

On June 6, the Santa Clara County voters realized that Santa Claus wasn’t coming to town and said “no more”.

It is time now to look at real solutions that don’t require Santa Clara to mortgage its future to build a single 21-mile rail line that will barely serve any county residents.

And my letter to the Mountain View Voice:

Dear Editor —

On June 6, the Santa Clara County voters spoke loud and clear. They want VTA to stop planning to build a project that no one will ride and no one else will help pay for. It is time to close up shop on the BART-to-San-Jose project and look to other solutions to our transportation problems.

Will the politicians and political establishment listen? The backers of BART-to-San-Jose seemed to consist mostly of companies that stood to make billions off the construction and the politicians who wanted to be there for the ribboncutting ceremonies and photo-ops.

Maybe it is time to elect new leaders who will spend money on practical transportation projects that actually help people get to their jobs and their doctor; leaders who don’t have a bust-the-bank-attitude and a BART-and-only-BART myopic vision.

It is time now to look at real solutions that don’t require Santa Clara to mortgage its future to build a single 21-mile rail line that will barely serve any county residents.

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One Response to BART to San Jose lies caught up to backers on Tuesday.

  1. For a close look at how campaign contributions influence valley decisions, take a look at the post about Republic Properties and VTA at SV411 and CindyChavez.net.

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