SPUR Lunchtime Forum: New BART expansions

"The Metropolitan Transportation Commission expects to spend $30 billion
on transit expansions in the next 25 years. Some slated projects include
“eBART” to Antioch and the BART extensions to Livermore and Silicon
Valley. Join Ellen Smith and Malcolm Quint from BART, and Leyla
Hedayat
of the Valley Transportation Authority as they present on
the proposed routes, funding mechanisms, and potential obstacles and how
they propose to overcome them."

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