Tags: Transit

California gives BART control over development at its stations

California gives BART control over development at its stations

BART can draft plans to fill empty station parking lots with dense housing and shops, under a state law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Sunday. The bill empowers the transit agency to zone its properties — an estimated 250 acres of blank asphalt — and limits cities’ ability to delay or obstruct development. “We… READ MORE

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

Now entering four years of discussion, West Oakland BART developers say they’ll show progress soon on the $565 million project. New projects on BART property don’t happen overnight. It took 20 years to break ground at the Walnut Creek Transit Village, while Bridge Housing’s 200-unit project at the San Leandro station started construction after a… READ MORE

Facebook explores $2.4 billion commuter railway and roads to link its Fremont and Menlo Park campuses

Facebook explores $2.4 billion commuter railway and roads to link its Fremont and Menlo Park campuses

The social media giant, along with infrastructure developer Plenary Group and SamTrans, are trying to pin down how, exactly, to fund the massive Dumbarton corridor revamp that would bring necessary traffic relief to the region. Facebook is exploring what it would take to finally build a commuter rail across Dumbarton corridor — a move that would… READ MORE

BART rejects Livermore expansion; mayor vows rail connection

BART rejects Livermore expansion; mayor vows rail connection

There will be no BART station for Livermore residents who have been pining for the long-promised extension. Instead, BART’s board of directors Thursday evening voted to do nothing in a controversial decision pitting the system’s existing needs against the wishes of residents who have been paying into the district for over 40 years. Ultimately, the… READ MORE

Frustration Mounts as Timing for New Transit Center Slips Again

Frustration Mounts as Timing for New Transit Center Slips Again

Latest report marks July 2018 as the new completion date. As we reported last month: While the 5.4-acre rooftop park atop San Francisco’s future Transbay/Salesforce Transit Center is on track to be fully planted, landscaped and construction complete in June, the timing to complete the $2.3 billion building below has slipped anew. Originally expected to be substantially complete… READ MORE

SF Planning report raises concerns over housing-transit bill.

SF Planning report raises concerns over housing-transit bill.

A report prepared by staff at the city’s Planning Department raises concerns about a bill aimed at increasing housing near public transit. This is despite multiple proposed amendments by sponsor State Senator Scott Weiner. A new analysis of Senate Bill 827 presented yesterday reviews the bill as amended by Weiner, also a former District 8 Supervisor. The proposed law would allow… READ MORE

Developers Break Ground On Long-Awaited Affordable Housing Project Near Fruitvale BART

Developers Break Ground On Long-Awaited Affordable Housing Project Near Fruitvale BART

Construction is underway for an affordable housing project over a decade in the making near the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland. Developers Unity Council and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. will build a 94-unit affordable housing complex on a BART surface parking lot, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Casa Arabella… READ MORE

Elon Musk says he could build a new BART Transbay tunnel for 1/10th of the cost

Elon Musk says he could build a new BART Transbay tunnel for 1/10th of the cost

Elon Musk says he could build the Bay Area a second BART tunnel connecting the East Bay and San Francisco in a fifth of the time and for a tenth of the cost than current projects. Local regulators and Bay Area commuters have long coveted a second Transbay tunnel to unlock some of the region’s… READ MORE

Why this South Bay city with a good housing record will oppose new California transit-oriented housing bill

Why this South Bay city with a good housing record will oppose new California transit-oriented housing bill

Milpitas enjoys a reputation among Santa Clara County cities as having made more progress toward meeting the housing needs of its residents than any other. But on Tuesday night, its City Council unanimously voted to send a letter to the California Legislature opposing Senate Bill 827, which has been touted by Silicon Valley business leaders… READ MORE

Silicon Valley’s top 2017 stories in housing, transportation

Silicon Valley’s top 2017 stories in housing, transportation

Quite often the biggest annual stories in some of the areas our sister paper the Silicon Valley Business Journal covers are one-off events or announcements: the year’s biggest VC funding, biggest merger, biggest deal (real estate, biz partnership — you name it). But on the closely related housing and transportation beats, nearly all the year’s… READ MORE

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