BART to San Jose

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BART to San Jose (Volume 3): Wicked, Tricksy, False

In a Merc editorial last week, Caltrans director Will Kempton urged us to support BART to San Jose because “transportation professionals with 70 years of combined experience” support the project. Kempton’s piece also proclaims that the inflated ridership projection, in the vicinity of 100,000 daily riders, is “solid,” a statement that appears highly dubious in … Continue reading

BART to San Jose (Volume 2): The Shadow of the Past

Dashed dreams at Millbrae Station. Buried in the middle of the introductory post about BART to San Jose was the project’s ridership projection for the year 2030: about 104,000 riders. That number was settled on in 2006, but in 2005, the official projection had even gone as high as 111,500, before the two downtown stations … Continue reading

BART to San Jose (Volume 1): A Long-Expected Party

BART’s original planners had big dreams, envisioning a single system that would serve most cities and towns in the Bay Area with smooth, modern rapid transit. Central to that vision was that all three of the Bay Area’s major cities — San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, along with their respective airports — would be linked … Continue reading

A Series on BART to San Jose

The Santa Clara County ballot for the election this November 4, 2008, will include Measure B, which, if approved by voters, would assess a 1/8 percent sales tax, the proceeds from which would be applied to the proposed BART extension to Santa Clara through Milpitas and San Jose. The San Jose BART extension has long … Continue reading


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