Tracks are being laid, plans are moving forward, and the long-awaited BART extension from the East Bay to the South Bay is coming!
With the first stations at Warm Springs and Berryessa set to open in 2018—and future stations coming to Alum Rock, Downtown San Jose, Diridon, and Santa Clara—the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which is managing the process, wants to hear from you.
The VTA is beginning the scoping process to study and address potential impacts of the project on the surrounding communities. Now is the best time to make sure the VTA captures your concerns and hopes for how BART can help create safe, affordable, and healthy neighborhoods. The total cost of the project will be $4.7 billion, so let’s ensure that taxpayer money is being used for the benefit of all.
For more information on how to get involved in the process, check out the links below:
- The Future of BART Phase 2 – What’s Next?
- Phase 2 Status with Environmental Scoping Documents
- How to Effectively Comment during the Environmental Scoping Process (Greenbelt Alliance resource)
The deadline to submit comments for the VTA’s Scoping Phase is March 2. To receive notifications about Phase 2 of the BART Extension Project, please write a request letter for future notices—be sure to include your name and address where the announcements should be sent. Here’s where to email or send your written comments and requests:
Attn: Tom Fitzwater
VTA Environmental Programs & Resources Management, Building B-2
3331 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95134
UPDATE (2/25/15): This post has been updated to reflect the correct contact information.