Dear BART Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates:
Yes, we have revised our name (Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates) to include BART — on the advice of a wise counselor and marketing expert, who said we needed to emphasis both of our goals (BART and the village) in our name. So we are now BARTVA!!!
Here is some of what’s happened in the last month:
VTA’s Alum Rock Community Working Group (CWG) met on June 10. The agenda included an up-date on the status of BART Phase II (to San Jose), a presentation on ridership and modeling (how they come up with the numbers) and a report from city staff on plans for the station area, including our village plans. Our representatives on the CWG had lots of questions, especially about ridership and modeling. The members of the CWG also elected Davide Vieira chair. You can read a summary of the meeting and access related documents here: Phase II Community Working Groups
BARTVA met with Carl Guardino of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Eight of our leaders met with Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group on June 15. Guardino expressed his longtime and continuing support for the Alum Rock BART station and that of the Leadership Group as well as continued support for the village plans. He said that he expected all four Phase II stations (including Alum Rock) to be specifically included in the 2016 ballot measure.
Recent media coverage includes mention of our station in a news article about the ballot measure and in an editorial expressing the need for a focused transit tax measure, both in the San Jose Mercury News and both have been added to our upload directory.
- Santa Clara County survey: Voters favor levy for transit
- San Jose Mercury News Editorial, June 21, 2015
Up-Coming: August 12, Alum Rock Community Working Group Meeting, 4 p.m., Mexican Heritage Plaza.