This project is a poster child for putting a TOD mask on prostration before the altar of the parking god. The link below leads to a site that’s got announcements about parking and access changes (see top three PDF’s*). But where are the progress reports ?
I agree that parking garages are hugely over expensive, but don’t you think it’s also worth at least mentioning that the garage is just the first part of a much bigger mixed use TOD and BART plaza redevelopment project which includes significant bike and pedestrian elements? At the very least, the parking structure and forthcoming developments are a much better use of space than the old surface lot.
I disagree that it is a better use of the space. The $51 million spent on the parking garage is money that could have been spent on more important things. As for the TOD, there are a lot of empty and underutilized lots near the station. Why not just develop those first?