Light Rail COA
BayRail Alliance will be hosting a meeting next week on the COA for the VTA light rail system. VTA's Kevin Connolly will be presenting. As reported here earlier, VTA is conducting a COA for the light rail to outline future system improvements and proposed operation scenarios to boost light rail ridership. Ridership on the VTA's light rail is lagging behind other similar systems in Portland, Sacramento, and San Diego.
November 19, 2009
City of Mountain View, Council Chambers
500 Castro Street, Mountain View (by Mercy Street)
Meal option will not be provided for this meeting.
ACE, FRA, and CHSRA are hosting a series of meeting today and next week to start the environmental planning process for the Altamont Corridor. Although Altamont did not make the cut to be the high speed corridor between Central Valley and the Bay Area, Sacramento nonetheless included Altamont as a complementary corridor in Proposition 1A.
The good part is that the corridor could be transformed into a near-HSR route with high quality passenger service. The bad part is that there's no funding available to build it, since it is secondary to the main HSR route, which is more likely to receive whatever HSR money that will be made available.
Even if there's no money associated with it for now, a parallel planning effort would make the Altamont a strong back up option if the Pacheco Pass option proves to be infeasible. As we already know, CHSRA does not have an agreement with UP, and not until the passage of Prop 1A, that the Pacheco Pass has generated local opposition in San Jose because of its alignment south of the Diridon station (and some of the proposed solutions proved to be sillier and more expensive). A well designed Altamont corridor could avoid impacts local neighborhoods and provide service in area with high TOD potential (North 1st Street).
All meeting will be held from 3:00–8:00pm in drop-in open house format:
* Tuesday: Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore.
* Thursday: San Joaquin Council of Governments, 555 E. Weber Ave., Stockton.
* Nov. 17: Fremont Teen Center, 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont.
* Nov. 18: Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose.