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VTA Sales Tax Promises Transit Lanes On Highway 85

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After planning for the past decade to install express lanes on Highway 85, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is now pitching its $350 million sales tax funding request to widen Highway 85 as “transit lanes.” On June 24, the VTA Board of Directors [PDF] struck any reference to “express lanes” from the Highway 85 project description that they had approved […]

Even in Crisis, Caltrain Board Takes Passive Role in Decision Making

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Has the governing board of Caltrain helped lead riders into the current storm of budget deficits? As the Mercury News reported today, Caltrain’s Joint Powers Board (JPB) has for several years seemed to make its decisions in a passive manner, approving the last three years’ worth of agenda items without any deliberation. Despite the apparent pitfalls of […]

Today: VTA Board Could Enshrine Road Expansions in Sales Tax Measure

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The Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors today could enshrine road widenings in its 20-year transportation sales tax, proposed for the ballot in Santa Clara County in November 2016. The agenda for today’s 5:30 p.m. board meeting includes approval of the sales tax measure language, which includes goals [PDF] to “provide congestion relief” and “relieve roadway, highway, and expressway bottle […]