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 →
VTA’s Alum Rock Community Working Group will meet on Wednesday, August 12, at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 4-7 p.m. On the agenda for 4-6 p.m: Project Status Report by VTA Staff Report on City Projects within the BART corridor (including Five Wounds Trail) by City Staff Financial Update Envision (ballot measure) Update. Special Topic, 6-7 p.m. — Alum Rock Alternative Concept. VTA is considering the option of bringing BART over Highway 101 at Silver Creek rather than under 101 closer …Continue reading →
The Northern California Chapter or the American Planning Association on May 21, 2004 in Emeryville, California, presented Joan Rivas Crosby, Chair of the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace NAC, and the City of San Jose Project Team with the following award; Outstanding Planning: Planning IMPLEMENTATION–Large Jurisdiction Catalyst – Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Neighborhood Improvement Plan The Neighborhood Improvement Plan addressed an area that is roughly one mile in extent, economically and ethnically diverse. The community process embraced a wide range of interests and …Continue reading →
Crossrail is a 118-kilometre (73-mile) railway line under construction in London and its environs. It should begin full operation in 2018 with a new east-west route across Greater London. Work began in 2012 on the central part of the line—a tunnel through central London—and connections to existing lines that will become part of Crossrail after several decades of proposals. It is Europe’s largest railway and infrastructure construction projects. This project is of interest to us as there are many parallels …Continue reading →
Seminar Speakers: Gerardo Sandoval, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon Seminar Cost: Free Event Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 10:00am to 11:00am Information and Registration Transit-oriented development (TOD) projects in low-income neighborhoods have the potential to provide needed transportation access to a segment of the population that stands to benefit significantly from these large-scale transit infrastructure projects. But these positive outcomes depend on both the process and context of these particular neighborhoods, and how transportation planners incorporate the various forms …Continue reading →
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 …Continue reading →
The Rail to Trail conversion includes, at many locations, places where the train crossed existing roads. This includes an intricate cement and track surface and the disabled rail road crossing signals. Our thought is to save these existing rail road features and use them to; provide a safe “crosswalk” environment for the bike riders and pedestrians using the trail provide an historical context, reminding people that this was a rail …Continue reading →
Respect; – for the neighborhood – for the plans the area residents have created – for all users of transit in the area Access to the station; – for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users – for motorists onto and off of Highway 101 freeway – with minimal impact on the neighborhood Development that; – is integrated with the neighborhood’s culture, history and existing plans – maximizes high-quality jobs – minimizes negative impacts on the neighborhood – includes affordable housing while …Continue reading →