Skip to comments.Holy Ballot Box! Did BART to San Jose Just Pass? (17,000 provisional ballots still left to count)
Posted on 11/17/2008 12:52:06 PM PST by nickcarraway
New numbers are expected Monday for the razor thin race to extend BART to San Jose.
An unexpected surge in "yes" votes Friday pushed Measure B within .06 percent of passing. It requires a 66. 67 percent "yes" vote to pass.
The "yes" vote is at 66. 61 percent.
Election workers have 17,000 provisional ballots left to count.
The measure would fund part of the BART extension with a one-eighth of cent sales tax increase in Santa Clara County.
BART officials on Monday will showcase new parking payment machines that are supposed to make parking easier at a news conference in the Orinda Station.
The EZ Rider validation machine will use smart card technology to pay for both parking and BART tickets at the same time, according to a BART spokesman.
The machine is supposed to be an option at 15 stations by mid-December.
The 10 a.m. showcase will take place at the station in unincorporated Contra Costa County in Orinda at 11 Camino Pablo.
I hope San Jose enjoys the trash from Oakland.
Wow, San Jose?
I remember when BART was first built. The track between Concord and Walnut Creek practically ran through my back yard.
Current System Map
Do they have any ferrys (not faeries) that still run routes on the bay?
17,000 is an unbelievable number of iffy ballots. 17,000 people didn't have the energy to fill out a correct registration but they have the energy to show up to vote?
It's been a long time since I've been on one, but yes.
I remember when the system opened. It looks like there are 10 stations that have been added since then.
I know there are plans to expand the Ferry system in the Bay. Most of the Ferries now are just to tourist places like Alcatraz or Angel Island.
As if adding more boats will help reduce traffic.
Oh, and there are, were plans to have a ferry run all the way down to the South Bay where Alviso is. Problem? To get a port deep enough to put the ferries there, would require drudging. And Envios don’t like drudging.
Yup. The system has expanded. Both in the north (that yellow line section) and in San Mateo county to the Airport (which until recently, had very disappointing ridership numbers for an extension that cost billions).
Now, if this tax passes (with the suspicious surge that makes it close to passing), it will take BART one step closer to ‘completing’ one of their long time dreams. BART around the bay.
At first Concord and Daly City were end stops, and the blue line didn’t exist. There was no easy way to get to the San Francisco airport...but the shuttle bus from the Coliseum stop to the Oakland airport was free. The last time I was in the Bay Area the bus cost $3 one way.
Now that's the one that I'd be interested in. Figures it'd be killed by watermelons. If only to cruise up from silly valley to the city for an evening and then zip back. Of course, I'd surely miss the return trip as they probably would stop running before I'd had my fill of local beers!
Do you know the way to San Jose?
Wow. When did they add a Pleasant Hill station?!
I guess I’ve been away too long.
Makes sense. In the Bay Area, San Francisco is no longer the area’s largest city. All migration and business in the Bay Area is moving southward, not westward nor to the Saint Paul of the West Coast, Oakland. (Or should I call San Francisco the Saint Paul of the West Coast now that it’s the second largest city in the area).
Seems as though the fine people of the Bay Area are once again showing what happens when you hike taxes up and create benefits for people who don’t deserve them. People vote with their feet. You will see the same thing happen in other areas too in the country. People will vote with their feet and all will be left is urban stagnation in the former anchor cities.