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    Stuart Cohen 02/05/2004 11:05 AM To: (Recipient list suppressed) cc: Subject: time change; BART items by 5:45 at
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      Stuart Cohen <stuart@...>
      02/05/2004 11:05 AM


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      Subject: time change; BART items by 5:45 at tonight's meeting


      Transportation and Land Use Coalition
      South Bay Alert
      VTA has canceled their closed session so tonight's meeting will start on
      time at 5:30 p.m.
      VTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
      Thursday, February 5, 2004
      5:30 PM

      Stop VTA from borrowing $50 million to study an extension they can't
      afford: CALL your VTA Board member TODAY or go to the board meeting
      Thursday night, February 5. Read more below.

      The meeting is at
      Board of Supervisors' Chambers
      County Government Center
      70 West Hedding Street
      San Jose, California

      AGENDA
      Note items 11 and 17 on the board agenda

      http://www.vta.org/inside/boards/packets/2004/02_feb/index.html


      Published Wednesday, February 4, 2004, in the San Jose Mercury News
      Mercury News Editorial

      BART spending: Hold off for now

      Millions could be wasted if construction is a decade away

      The Valley Transportation Authority is poised to take a major step
      Thursday toward building BART to San Jose. But if the board is
      prudent, it will wait.

      On the agenda is a $51 million contract for preliminary engineering of
      the tunnel that will carry BART through downtown San Jose. The
      problem is that actual construction could be a decade or more away,
      and at least some of the engineering work might need to be redone --
      some of that $51 million wasted.

      BART's boosters say the vote is just a formality. The board agreed
      last year to move ahead with preliminary engineering, at a total cost
      of $170 million, for the extension from Alameda County to the Santa
      Clara Caltrain station.

      But a few things have changed since then:

      * The Federal Transportation Authority has decided not to recommend
      the BART extension for funding. VTA has counted on some $834 million
      over a number of years from Washington for the $4 billion project.
      Congress could provide the money anyway, but if BART does not end up
      in the new five-year transportation spending bill being negotiated
      now, its financing will be pushed back for years.

      * Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not just put off spending on BART and
      other transportation projects, as Gov. Gray Davis did during last
      year's budget squeeze. The new governor has proposed eliminating the
      whole transportation funding program. Davis had pledged $760 million
      toward BART, and $629 million remains unpaid. If Schwarzenegger's
      proposal stands, BART advocates might have to start from scratch.

      Neither of these developments is necessarily fatal to the project.
      Area officials have been beating a path to Washington to lobby
      Congress for BART funding. And transportation agencies all over
      California will be pressing the governor and Legislature not to
      dismantle the state's transportation program.

      By summer we should have a better idea of BART's prospects. If things
      are looking up, it might be appropriate to move ahead with preliminary
      engineering. Then, when money arrives, VTA will be ready to go. And
      the progress will help show dubious funders outside Santa Clara County
      that this region is serious about building BART.

      But the board has a responsibility to avoid authorizing work that may
      have to be re-done. It's important to show momentum, but risky
      spending won't impress anyone.

      Mail To:
      Transportation and Land Use Coalition
      Christopher J. Lepe
      1367 Clayton Rd.
      San Jose, CA 95127
      Phone: (408) 729-3284
      chris@...


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