Published Tuesday, August 2, 2006, by the Milpitas Post
BART meeting aims to elicit preferences
By Ian Bauer
Residents are invited to an Aug. 8 meeting at Milpitas Community
Center to give input over the design of a 16.1-mile Bay Area Rapid
Transit extension project to Milpitas and the South Bay.
Overseen by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the rapid
transit project is anticipated to extend from Fremont to the cities
of Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara.
The South Bay BART extension <http://www.svrtc-vta.org
> is scheduled
to start construction in 2008, and is estimated to cost $4.7 billion.
Completion is tentatively expected by 2016.
The project remains under-funded, but will be primarily financed
through state and federal sources, including through the 2000
voter-approved Measure A half-cent sales tax.
Jayme Kunz, a VTA spokesperson, said Tuesday's meeting is part of
an ongoing supplemental environmental impact documents review
process for the BART project, to elicit feedback from the community.
Kunz maintained that resident input could be added as part of BART'S
project design, which is still being formed.
Input from residents could also play into the design of a future
BART station proposed near Montague Expressway, she said.
"Probably for Milpitas residents what they are going to be most
interested in is station design at Montague," Kunz said.
She added station design includes parking, the size of the facility
and its construction.
Discussion may also include an optional BART station proposed south
of Calaveras Boulevard, she said.
In addition, Kunz said project engineers will present plans for the
overall project, specifically the portions that pass through
She said information will include rail alignment through the city,
and whether the rails might be elevated or below-grade options that
are still under review.
VTA is also accepting written comments over the rapid transit
project until Aug. 25.
To provide written comments over the project, write to Tom Fitzwater,
VTA Environmental Planning, Building B, 3331 N. First St., San Jose,
Calif. 95134-1906, or e-mail <vtabart.seircomments@...
Tuesday's Milpitas scoping meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
at 457 E. Calaveras Blvd.