The City of San Jose finally acknowledges that it can't afford to turn the historic BofA Building at 1st and Santa Clara Street into a new bum magnet, a sad news for the downtown delusionals.
For them, the downtown delusionals don't support BART to San Jose simply as a way to connect the East Bay with the South Bay. Their delusion is that having a BART-branded "grand" subway station in Downtown San Jose will turn it into the center of a great metropolis like New York and London.
If it weren't for them, there's no point to build BART. BART by far is the most expensive urban rail technology and is also the least flexible. BART tracks cost more to build yet no other trains (like ACE) can run on. The proposed alignment also bypasses the "Golden Triangle" area where most commuters work. Instead, the alignment requires a long subway alignment through a old residential neighborhood and helped the eventual removal of a popular flea market.
These delusionals also don't want it built any other way. They are opposed to building the BART extension in multiple phases like most other rail projects around the country. They know that if the South Bay residents get to experience what a big hype BART is with a shortened extension, funding will not be made available to build the subway downtown.
As much as these people want to believe a BART-branded subway would bring tremendous growth to downtown, we should instead take cue from Oakland, which has BART subways in downtown for more than 35 years. Even though every BART train has to get through downtown Oakland, most passengers stay onboard traveling underground. In many other ways, downtown Oakland is no better than downtown San Jose.