The Community Working Group for the Alum Rock BART station met last week. We heard reports on various topics, including
- Ridership demographics (we asked for more detail)
- A history of the evolution of the design for BART Phase II (from Berryessa to Santa Clara)
- A report from the City of San Jose on a “connectivity” study completed by consultants in July (focusing on pedestrian and bicycle access).
- A report from the City of San Jose on the US-101/Mabury Road interchange (don’t hold your breath, but it’s in the planning stages)
- Announcement by the City of San Jose of a planned workshop to assess development potential around the station sites (we requested this some time ago and were happy to hear the city was taking action)
- A report by Ernst & Young (consultants under contract with VTA to figure out how to fill the existing BART Phase II funding gap). They have identified about 30 potential ways (sales tax, vehicle registration fee, cap&trade, Mello-Roos…) and are doing a deep dive into each to see how much could be raised and assess the difficulty of implementation. A recommended strategy will be presented at the 9/25 VTA board workshop.
08/2015 -- State of BART to SJ Phase II finances
|Total cost projection:||$4.7B|
|Existing Measure A funding:||$1B|
|Federal New Starts:||$1.1B (not guaranteed yet)|
|Unfunded:||$2.4B (This is the gap.)|
The meeting was extended for an hour at 6 p.m. to hear about and comment on an alternative concept for the Alum Rock BART track: crossing 101 on a bridge and running along the railroad alignment, diving under Julian Street and eventually sinking into a tunnel at Five Wounds Lane, then curving underground down to San Fernando and then back along the Santa Clara Street alignment to downtown. Community members raised many concerns. Comments were unanimously critical and/or skeptical of the bridge proposal.
We will add a link to the official notes from the meeting when they are posted.