BART Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates:
We might need to change our name!!! As the result of a request from community representatives, VTA agreed to a discussion of a new name for the Alum Rock station–since it’s not actually ON Alum Rock and there’s already an Alum Rock Light Rail station. This will be on the agenda for the December 2nd meeting of the Community Working Group.
- Ridership and Neighborhood Demographics: additional information was provided and potential up-dating of figures was discussed.
- Alternative Route from Berryessa to Alum Rock dropped from consideration. (This was the over-101 alternative that was discussed in September–now officially dead.)
- BART staff reported on BART’s operating and maintenance system (including continued insistence on the necessity of a maintenance yard at Newhall in Santa Clara).
- VTA staff reported on plans for the Alum Rock station “campus” — very preliminary, but this raised some concerns about consistency with our village plans.
- VTA staff gave an up-date on financing alternatives, some of which may be cause for optimism, but a 2016 tax measure will still be essential. They do seem more interested in “value capture” (revenue from development on the project site that can help fund the project).
- Davide Vieira, CWG’s elected chair, brought up issues relating to the station name, the Berryessa tail track and construction impact mitigation (especially in light of the current problems with BRT construction).
The agenda and presentations for this meeting can be viewed at: http://www.vta.org/bart/