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SamTrans, BART agree on dividing SFO extension costs

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    Published Thursday, May 13, 2004, in the San Mateo County Times SamTrans, BART agree on dividing costs of extension Details of agreement are kept under wraps
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      Published Thursday, May 13, 2004, in the San Mateo County Times

      SamTrans, BART agree on dividing costs of extension
      Details of agreement are kept under wraps

      By Justin Jouvenal
      Staff Writer

      BART and SamTrans have reached a tentative agreement in their public
      dispute over the ballooning costs of operating the San Francisco
      Airport extension, a SamTrans official said Wednesday.

      Details of the agreement were not released, but the SamTrans board of
      directors gave its executive director the power to sign the deal if
      BART approves the arrangement at a meeting today.

      The details would probably be announced today or Friday, SamTrans
      spokeswoman Rita Haskins said.

      Both BART and SamTrans had been ordered not to talk about the
      negotiations by a mediator that is working with the agencies. The
      tentative deal comes after an acrimonious dispute between BART and
      SamTrans that erupted into public view in March.

      BART threatened to sue SamTrans if the agency did not pony up $11
      million it owed to operate the BART-SFO extension. SamTrans officials
      agreed to pay $8.9 million to delay the lawsuit, but demanded BART
      reduce service on the line, which has not attracted large numbers of
      riders.

      SamTrans said the costs to run BART had skyrocketed from an initial
      estimate of $6 million a year to $22 million. Officials said SamTrans
      could pay the costs this year, but not next year.

      Both sides had been negotiating since then with help of Metropolitan
      Transportation Commission head Steve Heminger.

      [BATN notes that former Quentin "BART-into-the-airport" Kopp staffer
      Heminger was a tireless shill for the failed BART extension for more
      than a decade.]


      Staff writer Justin Jouvenal can be reached at (650) 348-4331
      or jjouvenal@...


      [BATN: See also:

      BART SamTrans bill for SFO extension questioned
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/17951

      BART gives away $15 tickets to lure SMCo. riders
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/17924

      SamTrans cutbacks; BART SFO bust gets bigger
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/17835

      BART to cut back cleaning, awaits SamTrans cash
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/17667

      BART reports progress in SamTrans negotiations
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/17666 ]
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