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First phase of Valley Link enters federal grant program

Original post made on Jun 22, 2022

The Regional Rail Authority announced earlier this month that the Federal Transit Administration has approved entry of the Valley Link rail project Phase 1 into project development of the Capital Investment Grants program.

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Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 22, 2022 at 10:20 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

It’s quite misdirecting for Kevin Sheridan of Valley Link to pose the only correct time to submit comment, was during the EIR, back in 2014! Only in 2021-22 has the City of Livermore started assigning public attention to look at the Light Rail project which is now only at 15% funded and still in the conceptual engineering layout stage. Nothing has been permanently determined. They are months and years away from what will be allowed to develop at the proposed stations. Public input is appropriate on every phase, in fact it is essential … one such input being (A) to abandon expensive sites and provide robust bus services from existing Wheels, and (B) another Alternative is to fund and build the promised BART line out to Altamont. (C) The only sure thing is the Transportation Lobby is one of the most powerful lobbies in the DC Beltway and it’s not going away no matter what, including War, Pandemic, or Biblical Flood.

I'm not against light rail. I just resent all the deceptions used by the politicians all the time, in everything they initiate. They always start by deception. Valley Link is no different. Things will start to become interesting when local communities (Livermore) actually demand from MTC what they want at the station sites. Valley Link has been acting for a few months as though that's irrelevant. Currently land selling along it's proposed right-of-way has sold for as much as $3-million+- per useable acre.

Going on 3 decades ago, we discussed developing balanced communities (Pods) in the Las Positas now no longer relevant. Pods were linked by roads. Community Pods today might be balanced with a combination of uses along US 580: USES: (1) Light rail stations (2) High Density Residential 5K to 7K+- populations (3) Professional Offices (4) Convenience Shopping (5) Eateries (6) Light rail repair and storage yards, (7) Expensive undergrounding of all PG&E even high voltage towers.

Valley Residents need to directly lead tone deaf MTC.

Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 22, 2022 at 10:53 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

At this early stage, your input as a local valley resident will catch MTC management by surprise and get them organized to listen to you. MTC is more inclined to listen to a group of valley residents at this early stage than they are later. Once public hearings are "conducted" we all know from personal experience, they will do whatever they want and interpret the data and public comments however they want. It's the way these agencies function. Get used to it. If you want something you have to organize now.

Here's what I want to see, since I am not against light rail, I'm just against the politics I have to subject myself to in order to get them to listen.

(1) I want an easy to find public comment site on line, at MTC.
(2) I want it to be linked right off their home landing page.
(3) I want it to say "Dublin-Pleasanton-Livermore Light Rail Public Comments"
(4) I want it to have download links of all engineering and studies also easy to find.
(5) I want to be able to comment as often as I choose.
(6) I want my public comments to be included with all applications for funding and planning from the DC Beltway Lobby Beast. If I have to explain to you what the DC Beltway Lobby Beast is, we are lost before we even start. Call it the DCBLB but demand MTC include public comments with all DCBLB official communications.
(7) I want all communications with DCBLB made public.

That's all I want for now.

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