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
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
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
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
Editorial: Credit Mike Nevin for railroading BART to SFO
Was SFO/Millbrae BART extension worth the cost?