By Robert Haugh
The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will give an update on the “BART Phase II Project” at a Santa Clara City Council study session tonight.
Last year, the VTA staff couldn’t answer some big questions about a Santa Clara Station that was promised to voters in sales tax campaigns.
That’s when Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilwoman Karen Hardy asked about how the community could trust the VTA when they proposed cutting the Santa Clara BART station in the past.
The VTA staff made it clear in last year’s presentation that they need tracks in Santa Clara for a maintenance facility. But they couldn’t offer any guarantees that there would be a station.
Last year, VTA hadn’t purchased a key property on Brokaw for the Santa Clara site.
Let’s see if they’ve made any progress this year. If they haven’t, it’s a sign that they’re not serious about the station.
The BART Phase II Project is expensive and will require federal funding. But according to transportation experts, it has low ridership. So that means it may not get federal dollars. We’ll have to vote on another BART tax to fund this project.