The current phase one plans apparently call for the Berryessa Station tail tracks to be extended along the Phase II alignment to the location for the Phase II tunnel portal. The plans call for the tail to be removed, to clear the portal area when construction of the Phase II tunnel begins. The current position appears to be: The straight alignment is too short to meet BART operational requirements BART operations require the tail tracks for storage of trains My …Continue reading →
In the future I will only refer to the development project at the 28th Street BART station as the Five Wounds Urban Village or the 28th Street BART Station. It became clear at the September 24th BRT meeting at the Alum Rock library (corner of Alum Rock and White Road) that the use of the name Alum Rock is way too confusing for many people and extremely inappropriate. For example, the Alum Rock Village Business Association serves the businesses and …Continue reading →
WHAT: VTA Envision Silicon Valley Community Meeting & Presentation WHEN: Monday, September 28, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E Santa Clara St, San Jose Please join Councilmember Ash Kalra, Councilmember Raul Peralez and Senator Jim Beall for an Envision Silicon Valley community meeting. This meeting is for the community to receive information and engage in a discussion regarding VTA’s potential sales tax on the 2016 ballot, which would be implemented Countywide and affect residents …Continue reading →
San Jose Parks Advocates Quarterly Meeting Thursday Sept 24 at 7 pm Their guest will be Angel Rios, Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. Join in a candid discussion of our parks future, land acquisition, maintenance, funding, budgets, dreams, and more. Your questions will shape the conversation. Afterwards, they will be putting together their fall advocacy plan—working towards better funding for San Jose’s Parks. Willow Glen Library Community Room 1157 Minnesota Avenue 7 to 9 pm. …Continue reading →
Read the article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal VTA is finally initiating a much needed discussion with developers that is key to us ever seeing the Five Wounds Urban Village that we have been working on for fifteen years. This is a significant step forward by both VTA and the City of San Jose. We’ve been urging more aggressive pursuit of development at the Alum Rock site for a year, knowing that such development would be key to getting …Continue reading →
From our friends at Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful. On Saturday, September 19th, we invite you to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day at Coyote Creek. Join neighbors, students, families, and friends to remove trash and beautify the creek. We need 150 volunteers to remove a huge amount of trash from this 8-acre site. This fun event is guaranteed to increase your Trash Karma! All ages welcome. Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon Location: Coyote Meadows, 749 Story …Continue reading →
SAVE THE DATE Santa Clara-Alum Rock BRT Project: Community Meeting Thursday, September 24, 2015 6 p.m – 7:30 p.m. Alum Rock Library, 3090 Alum Rock Avenue Project schedule update More details to follow …Continue reading →
The Transit Justice Alliance is hosting a meeting on the Envision Silicon Valley process, co-presented with VTA, on Wednesday, Sept 9th, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116. To get more information and to RSVP, go to: Speak up for Great Transportation Please consider joining us! …Continue reading →
We will hear reports from VTA, City and County on progress on maintenance of the trail and future plans and an up-date on BART planning and we’ll plan for the fall trail count and clean up on October 24th.
The trail count is scheduled for September 23rd. We need volunteers, so please let me know if you can cover an hour or two that day between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Participating in the count has been an important way for us to demonstrate the need for a properly finished trail by showing how much the trail is used even in its current condition.
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 …Continue reading →