Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sham VTP 2035 public outreach process begins

With less than a month to go before the deadline for submitting a project list to MTC, VTA scheduled a number of public meetings to receive feedback on VTP 2035.

VTA also includes an online survey, which asked a number of questions about transportation priorities. The survey does not ask participants to weigh between cost effective Caltrain/ACE improvements and the wasteful BART extension, rather it lumps everything together as "regional rail improvements." The survey, however, asks the participants to pick priorities between new metering lights, new carpool lanes, and freeway widening.

How can this be a true public process when the BART extension alone will cost more than the entire VTP 2035 highway program?

4 meetings are scheduled on VTP 2035:

San Jose
February 25, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
MLK Library, Rooms 225-229
150 E San Fernando Street

February 26, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Campbell Community Center, Roosevelt Room
1 West Campbell Ave

Morgan Hill
February 27, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Morgan Hill Community Cultural Center, Madrone Room
17000 Monterey Road

Mountain View
February 28, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
City Hall, Plaza Conference Room
500 Castro Street

With a short timetable, the public meetings are more or less a task of "going through the motion."

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