Today, the San José City Council unanimously passed the name “28th Street/Little Portugal” for the future BART subway station behind Five Wounds Church. Special thanks to Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers Peralez and Carrasco for their support for the name and for their support of our community over the years.
The VTA and BART Boards are also expected to vote on the name in the coming months.
City Council to Vote on BART Station Name Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in San José, the city council will be voting on whether it wants to name the future BART subway station behind Five Wounds Church “28th Street/Little Portugal”. If you too think that this is an important recognition of the Portuguese community’s history and contributions in East San José for more than 100 years, please attend the City …Continue reading →
What’s happening? In preparation for the construction of the six-mile Phase II Extension, VTA needs to know more about the soil and the location for utilities in the path of the future project. This information helps us advance the design and engineering of the BART tunnel, station, and other facilities and avoid project delays once construction begins. These field investigations started in late September and will continue through the middle of 2019. The subsurface exploration, utility investigations, and geotechnical borings …Continue reading →
VTA has prepared a Draft Relocation Plan to assist residential and non-residential property owners and occupants that may be impacted by any property acquisition in order to construct VTA’s BART Phase II Extension. Outreach to property owners began in June to incorporate their feedback into the draft plan. Now, the public will have an opportunity to comment over a 30 day period starting today, August 17. Four public forums are being held to present the Draft Relocation Plan and receive …Continue reading →
VTA recently announced the start of a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy / Access Planning Study to identify strategies for developing housing and commercial space near three of the future BART stations (28th Street, Downtown San Jose, and Santa Clara). These studies are being conducted as part of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project. The meetings will be coordinated with the existing BART Phase II Community Working Groups for each of those stations. The themes for the three Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) workshops …Continue reading →
We are approaching the final weeks of the BART Phase II approval process. In the coming weeks, decisions will be made on STATION LOCATIONS and TUNNEL TECHNOLOGY for the following District 3 relevant BART Stations: Alum Rock/28th Street Downtown San Jose Diridon Station Councilmember Raul Peralez in his capacity as the District 3 representative and a VTA Director is committed to ensuring that all District 3 residents and stakeholders have an opportunity to share their voice at these public hearings. If you …Continue reading →
This is a summary of the current state of the BART Phase II project. The Draft SEIS/SEIR has been released and the public review and comment period will end Feb. 20, 3017. Silicon Valley Business Journal January 23, 2017, the Silicon Valley Business Journal published a good overview of the current state of the BART Phase II project. Are you ready for a subway? Digging for BART begins in two years The bottom-line is simple. With the passage of Proposition …Continue reading →
It seems like our struggle to assure a BART station at 28th Street (formerly known as the Alum Rock Station) may not yet be over. We’ve heard recently that some folks in Santa Clara are suggesting that one of the three stations planned for San Jose (28th Street, Diridon or downtown) should be dropped to assure that Santa Clara will have a BART station. We understand taking a cautious attitude about what VTA promises and can build, but we regret …Continue reading →
BART Transit Village Advocates; We closed our Station Naming Survey on April 7 with 5,596 responses. Yes, that’s up from only 180 responses in the first round of the survey. Clearly, the survey went viral and some folks were campaigning for particular names. Little Portugal was the overwhelming favorite with 63.62% of the vote. It was also the leader in our first survey with 35% of the vote. The complete results are attached. These will be discussed at the next …Continue reading →
SPUR released an analysis of the financial status of the last phase of the BART connection to San Jose. It contains a good summary of the current funding alternatives and costs for BART Phase II. As they noted, the BART Silicon Valley extension is the largest transportation investment the South Bay will make for decades. It will connect the East Bay and the South Bay with a 16-mile, six-station extension of the BART system. Once completed, the system will connect …Continue reading →