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Valley Link timetable pushed out by three more years

Original post made on Oct 14, 2019

The Valley Link commuter light rail system aiming to directly connect BART to Livermore and the San Joaquin Valley likely won't see its first trains run until at least 2027, three years later than initially estimated.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm

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You know, if they just allocated the complete funding for the whole thing up front as a condition of announcing the project, then we wouldn't all get the impression that they have no clue what they are doing and don't really care...

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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Oct 14, 2019 at 7:18 pm

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Does anyone remember Key System...before the government takeover. That's when all of the problems began. The government controlling the "means of production". Ya, we are living in a communist state.

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Posted by What a Waste
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

Please just spend more money and extend BART. Transfers are a pain and add at least 20 minutes to a commute for each transfer. This is a joke right! Here is a typical morning coming from Lathrop to SF. Drive to ACE train, wait 20 minutes for train. Get on train. Get off ACE train and transfer to bus bridge to Amtrak. After waiting 20 minutes for bus bridge, get on bus and get off at Amtrak. Wait 20 minutes for Amtrak and get on. Get off Amtrak and wait another 20 minutes and get on bus bridge to Valley Link. Get off Valley Link and wait 20 minutes for another bus bridge to BART. Take bus bridge to BART, wait 15 minutes for BART. Finally get on BART and ride it out to SF. Anyway, you get the point. This is ridiculous!!!

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 14, 2019 at 9:24 pm

Apparently 3yrs in the time it takes for tax payers to forget about the last extension tax

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 15, 2019 at 12:34 pm

How about putting BART management up in temporary trailers in the corner of one of the BART parking lots when their office lease runs out then take all that money for their new building and put it towards tracks to Livermore, think of it as a partial payment for promises not kept for bailing on the city of Livermore.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Oct 15, 2019 at 2:40 pm

For those that say just extend BART. Well, of course and every local official in the Tri-Valley Region supports that, however the BART Board of Directors voted against an extension to Livermore. I've said it before and I'll say it again....the Bart Board and staff are the problem, but everyone blames our local officials because they are trying to do something to solve a problem. I actually give them some credit for being a little creative to solve a problem. Otherwise the same people blame them for doing nothing. Can't win!

The necessary change is the BART governance structure or getting rid of it completely and coming up with something new.

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

I have problems with the BART board, but no, our local officials and even voters deserve blame.

Our officials expanded the express lanes and demanded they be kept, making bridge work more expensive. Our populace voted to keep BART on the freeway, and then our local officials and staff put out an at-best-lackluster station area plan, resulting in one of the most expensive stations ever (measured by $/additional rider).

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Posted by Barry
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 15, 2019 at 7:48 pm

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All great comments here! My concern is in addition to reducing commuter congestion and emissions is emergency planning. We all see the gridlock when even a minor fender bender happens. What about a big earthquake, wildfire or attack? We will have no access out of the Tri Valley! Build the Link now and do forward thinking like another bay bridge, BART tube crossing, expand Vasco more and dare I say it, another freeway to I5 like Highway 156 connecting Hollister or Gilroy.

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Posted by Simon
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 10, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Relocating business would reduce traffic tax breaks for business/industry instead of spending billions

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