San Jose leaders push back against bill to change VTA governance

San Jose councilmembers are pushing against a new state bill that would keep them off the county’s transit board.  AB 1091, introduced by Assemblymember Marc Berman,  would prohibit elected officials from serving on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) board. Instead, cities can appoint expert residents to represent their communities. San Jose would also...

BART funding pulled from stimulus bill

Congress pulled a $141 million grant for a Bay Area Rapid Transit extension into Silicon Valley from their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill Tuesday. The grant would have eased the burden that the project places on local funds—revenues that have tumbled in the face of COVID-19-related closures. But local officials noted they didn’t expect losing...

VTA ponders shifting public comment, advocates cry foul

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority deferred voting on a proposal to limit time for public comment on Thursday, following outcry from transit advocates. VTA’s Governance and Audit Committee — Morgan Hill Mayor Rich Constantine, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Glenn Hendricks and San Jose councilmembers Chappie Jones and Raul Peralez...

Biden’s stimulus plan would give $140M to new BART stations

BART could get a $140 million grant to begin the second phase of construction on a South Bay transit project — more than four decades in the making — from the latest COVID-19 stimulus package, if Congress passes the Biden-backed bill. The latest COVID-19 stimulus package passed the House early Saturday morning in Washington along...

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