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Officials hail Saturday opening of new BART structure

Original post made on May 25, 2008

A new parking structure offering some relief to BART riders scanning lots for open spaces on workdays will open Saturday.
The structure, built on the Dublin side of the Dublin/Pleasanton station, features 1,500 parking spaces. The seven-story building was constructed for $42 million. A ceremony dedicating it was held this morning, featuring Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart, Sen. Ellen Corbett, Assemblyman Guy Houston and BART officials.


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Comments

Posted by Joe, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on May 25, 2008 at 6:08 pm

I'm a bit confused, and maybe someone in the know can clarify this for me: the new parking structure boasts 1,500 parking spots. In the short term, this is in addition to the current surface parking at the station. Once construction begins on the new condos/apartments, though, these surface spots will disappear. In addition, I had read that the condos/apartments will be given designated spots within the new parking garage. Once this happens, what is the total number of spots available for BART riders?

In other words, will the new parking garage result in a NET gain or a NET loss of parking spaces for BART riders once the condos/apartments are built? Who would have this information?


Posted by Joe, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on May 28, 2008 at 8:36 am

No one have the answer to the question? Seems to me an important distinction: will there be more or will there be fewer spaces for BART riders at the Dublin/Pleasanton station, after the surface parking is eaten up by the new condo/apartment expansion?

Someone? Anyone?


Posted by Trish, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on May 28, 2008 at 8:48 am

Joe,
A good question. I would like to know the answer also. These are the people you should ask, Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart, Sen. Ellen Corbett, Assemblyman Guy Houston and BART officials, then let us know.



Posted by Joe, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on May 28, 2008 at 10:20 am

Ok, I did find a relevant quote on the ABC7 News website:

'The exposed surface parking area near the station will be redeveloped for housing units, according to BART officials.

"The garage replaces nearby surface parking on a one-to-one basis," said BART Board President Gail Murray in a prepared statement. "The surface parking lots will be redeveloped with townhouses, condominiums and convenient shopping within walking distance of the station and a major bus hub." '

So there is the answer, I believe, and it's not a very pretty one. While all the officials are preening for the press and touting the increase in parking spaces with the opening of the new parking garage, it's a shell game, a sham. The increase in parking spaces is a TEMPORARY situation, so folks, don't get too cozy to the idea and praise the officials too highly. It sure sounds as if those extra spots will be taken away the second that construction on the new condos/apartments breaks ground, and we'll be back in the same, *if not worse* situation because some of the spots will be given away (or leased) to the condo/apartment residents, per another article.

I will contact the officials on your list, Trish, and recommend that others do the same. Do they take us for fools?


Posted by Well, well, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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