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Letter: Nevin a co-architect of failing BART SFO extension

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  • 8/3 San Mateo Journal
    Published Wednesday, August 3, 2005, in the San Mateo Daily Journal Letters to the Editor Was BART worth it? The ill-conceived BART to SFO extension is
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      Published Wednesday, August 3, 2005, in the San Mateo Daily Journal

      Letters to the Editor

      Was BART worth it?

      The ill-conceived BART to SFO extension is collapsing as BART is
      threatening to close three stations within San Mateo County. Mike
      Nevin, one of the architects of the BART to SFO debacle, claims that
      it is not a local issue, but a regional issue. If this were true San
      Mateo County taxpayers would not be subsidizing this underutilized
      transportation route.

      BART ridership in San Mateo County over the last two years is
      less than half of the estimates that Nevin helped to fraudulently
      inflate. Nevin, who is currently running for the California Senate,
      must realize that the deal he helped broker placed the economic
      burden on the San Mateo County taxpayers; taxpayers which he hopes
      to represent.

      Recently the Caltrain board decided to expand the "Baby Bullet"
      trains to its service, because these trains provide faster and less
      expensive service and travel further south along the Peninsula.
      Caltrain lines were already in place, so improving Caltrain service
      along with increasing SamTrans bus service could have saved the
      taxpayers much of the $1.5 billion that has been wasted on the
      under-performing BART extension.

      Nevin's lack of vision, that has cost San Mateo County taxpayers
      millions of dollars and given regional government bureaucrats
      headaches, should not forgotten by the voters in the upcoming
      Senatorial race.

      Lou Papan
      Former assemblyman
      Millbrae

      Editor's note: Papan has announced his intention to run for the same
      Senate seat as Nevin.


      [BATN: See also:

      BART board blasts Samtrans plan to cut SMCo. service, losses
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/25624

      Editorial: Credit Mike Nevin for railroading BART to SFO
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/25399

      Was SFO/Millbrae BART extension worth the cost?
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/25059 ]
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