Latest update regarding the Alum Rock BART station

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Almost 500 online petitions have already been submitted to help Save the Alum Rock BART station!

There are still two steps you can take to help Save the Alum Rock BART station.

  1. Attend a VTA community meeting regarding future BART stations in San Jose on Monday, December 1st, at 6:30pm at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
  2. If you haven’t already done so, take one minute to submit an online petition to save the Alum Rock BART station on your smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer at http://bit.ly/1EJ6ua0… then ask others to do the same! This step is especially important for those who cannot attend the VTA meeting on December 1st.

Below is a general update, online petition information, and information regarding the upcoming VTA community meetings. VTA has provided a set of responses to questions or comments from the public regarding Phase II of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension. Click here to review VTA’s document: Community Responses Set 1_141120_FINAL.

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GENERAL UPDATE: On October 6th, the VTA unilaterally proposed to the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Program Working Committee the elimination of the Alum Rock BART station. VTA has now indicated that the Alum Rock Station at 28th Street will be included in the forthcoming environmental document for Phase 2 of VTA’s Extension of BART to Silicon Valley. However, this including the Alum Rock Station in the environmental review does not indicate an agreement to include the Alum Rock Station in the actual application. While we’ve had assurances from VTA that the BART station at 28th Street is back in the plans–subject to review along with the other stations–VTA needs to know that the community demands a station accessible to the Eastside, fulfilling promises made and respecting the work of the community on the urban village plans above and surrounding the Alum Rock 28th Street station.

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ONLINE PETITION INFORMATION: The online petition will be submitted to the following parties to request that the VTA Board save the Alum Rock BART station: Valley Transportation Authority, City of San Jose’s Mayor & City Council Members, San Jose City Manager, and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

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VTA COMMUNITY MEETING INFORMATION:

VTA will host meetings about future BART stations in San Jose — including the one at Alum Rock @ 28th StreetVTA staff will report on plans to review the four proposed San Jose stations (Alum Rock @ 28th; downtown; Diridon; and Santa Clara) over the course of the next year.

VTA will hold three public meetings to discuss the future phase of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension Project.  VTA’s presentation will include a project funding overview and the timeline for the State and Federal environmental clearance period. Following the staff presentations there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and share comments. The three public meetings dates, times and locations are as follows:

Monday, December 1, 2014

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose 95116
This location is served by VTA Bus 22, 23, 77, 522

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
VTA Customer Service Center
55 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose 95113
This location is served by VTA Bus 22, 63, 66, 68, 72, 73, 81, 82, 522 and light rail

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Santa Clara University Locatelli Hall – Building 710 (Along El Camino)
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053
This location is served by VTA Bus 22, 60, 81, 522
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