The VTA is pushing for the creation of a special district within Caltrans that would focus solely on Santa Clara County. It would set up shop at VTA headquarters on First Street and state engineers would work side by side with local planners. No longer would the VTA and city engineers need to trek to Oakland to meet with state officials…Officials with the VTA say the 40-mile distance to local headquarters in Oakland is more than just a tough commute up Interstate 880. The distance makes it difficult to set up meetings and build solid working relationships with Caltrans.
Step 1: Sabotage a voter-approved rail plan that had all the funding in place for running modern, European trains between San Jose and Union City BART.
Step 2: Spend the next 2 decades scamming billions of dollars for a white-elephant BART extension that merely replicates conventional tracks already there.
Step 3: Realize “Oh shit!” I880 is a parking lot, and ask Caltrans to relocate 40 miles south.
The best outcome is to force VTA planners to commute I880 — every single fucking day. Let them eat their dogfood for a change.