Today’s Headlines

  • Advocates Gearing Up for Wednesday MTC Meeting on Stim Funds (Berkeley Daily Planet)
  • The Examiner Reports on SF Chamber’s Misleading Congestion Price Survey 
  • More on the Grim Budget Picture for Bay Area Transit Agencies (Merc)
  • How Do We Make Transit Independent? Cap’n Transit Has Some Ideas 
  • John McCain Confuses Light Rail with High Speed Rail (Yglesias)
  • SMART Officials Begin Weighing Rail Car Purchases (Press Democrat)
  • Bay Area Toll Authority Considering Carpool Toll (SF Gate)
  • Whole Foods Gets Planning Permit to Open in Noe Valley (SF Gate)
  • New Urban Market To Get San Jose City Council Approval (Merc)
  • Reclaiming the Uptown Tenderloin’s Forgotten Past (Beyond Chron
  • A Boulder Bike Advocate Is in the White House (BikeDenver via Streetsblog.net)
  • Re: Advocates Gearing Up for Wednesday MTC Meeting on Stim Funds

    As I understand it, it is necessary to use $70 million of this funding for the rail box under the Transbay Terminal. If the rail box is not built now, it will cost much more to build it after the new Terminal is built there. Am I wrong about this?

    On the other hand, it would not be a tragedy to sacrifice the Oakland Airport Connector.

  • Rebecca Saltzman answers:
    This is now a moot point, since the MTC is seeking the funds from the specific HSR funding ($8 billion in the stimulus bill) and will not be taking it away from general transit agency funding. But the allocation of funds to the Oakland Airport Connector is still a huge problem. I wrote a blog post about this today: http://oaklandliving.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/protect-bay-area-transit-stop-mtc-from-wasting-stimulus-funds/

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