Extending the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system to the Silicon Valley from Alameda County is the greatest public works challenge facing Santa Clara County. Funding for the project diminished with the economic downturn, forcing the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to cut existing services and search for new financing. Although funds had already been spent on the project, controversy arose anew when federal transportation officials changed the funding guidelines, and the VTA board began contemplating the need for new taxes. BART to Silicon Valley—What’s Next? continues the dialogue as part of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Hot Spot forum series, and was cosponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)/District 4, the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County.
Commuting; Government funding; Rail transit; Taxation; Transportation planning
Mineta Transportation Institute. "BART TO SILICON VALLEY—WHAT’S NEXT? MTI Report F-05-01" Mineta Transportation Institute Publications (2006).