Letter: BART to SJ fraud replicates BART to Millbrae debacle
- Published Tuesday, August 23, 2005, in the San Francisco Examiner
Letter to the editor
The Aug. 6 letter by former California Assemblyman Lou Papan
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/25702> brought back
painful memories of my early days as a Sierra Club activist. In 1992
both the Loma Prieta and S.F. Bay chapters, working with Peninsula
Rail 2000 (now Bay Rail Alliance <http://www.bayrailalliance.org>),
argued before SamTrans, the BART board, and ultimately the regional
Metropolitan Transportation Commission seeking just what Assemblyman
Papan wrote about: "Improving Caltrain service along with increasing
SamTrans bus service could have saved the taxpayers much of the $1.5
billion wasted on the under-performing BART extension."
"Improving Caltrain" as described then in the federally required
"Alternatives Analysis" was both about electrifying it and extending
it to the Transbay Terminal. It included an "intermodal" station with
Caltrain, similar to the Millbrae Caltrain/BART station that would
enable free and frequent transfers between the two systems. Finally,
we advocated improving and extending Muni Line 28 (from Marina via
19th Ave. to Daly City BART) to service SFO.
While I wish I could say that local and regional transit agencies have
learned from this debacle, what the Sierra Club sees unfolding in the
proposed BART extension to Silicon Valley is, unfortunately, deja vu.
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter