Santa Clara's Fight For Transit

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority votes to put a 30-year extension of a half-cent sales tax on the ballot for BART and mass transit.

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August 12, 2000, 10:00 AM PDT

By California 2000


After Santa Clara County supervisors failed to put a proposed transportation sales tax on the ballot, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority voted to put a 30-year extension of a half-cent sales tax on the ballot, which would only go toward BART and mass transit. The measure will need two-thirds voter approval, and if passed, it would raise $5.9 billion over 30 years starting April, 2006. The debate surrounding BART has been heated, and discussion of the dozen or so highway and transit improvements in Santa Clara County funded by the 1996 Measures A and B has been left out; these projects are scheduled to be completed by 2004 and will allow commuters traveling between the East Bay and San Jose to get to work by rail a good 10 years earlier than BART would even enter the South Bay.

Thanks to California 2000 Project

Saturday, August 12, 2000 in The San Francisco Chronicle

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