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Transportation Justice Reports from the Field

A paper trail to BART

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 11:32am
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How the deal fell through: An annotated guide to the Oakland Airport connectorAir BART

 

November 2000 – Alameda County voters approve a sales tax for a list of possible transportation improvements. A new link from the Coliseum BART station to the Oakland International Airport is included in this list. TransForm and other nonprofits begin working with BART on the project.

 

July 2001 – BART completes a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement on a new link from the Coliseum BART station to the Oakland International Airport. BART Proposes a train which would cost $200 million to build, and then $7.3 million annually to operate (by 2020). For comparison, the existing bus service would cost around $2 million to operate annually.

 

March 2002 – BART completes the final Environmental Impact Report. It finds that a train on it’s own dedicated track is the preferred option. The BART board votes to build it.

FTA Denies BART $70 Mil For Oakland Airport Connector

Submitted by admin on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 1:06pm
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bart_generic1.jpg The Federal Transit Administration today denied BART $70 million in federal stimulus money to fund its proposed elevated rail connector between the Coliseum station and Oakland International Airport.

The FTA's decision comes after three advocate groups filed a complaint alleging that BART failed to evaluate whether the project

Obama Administration Threatens to Yank Stimulus Funds Over Civil Rights

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 11:39am

For the first time since President Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act a year ago, his administration has threatened to withhold stimulus money from a transit agency because it failed to comply with federal civil rights laws.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) threatened to pull $70 million in stimulus funds from Northern California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system because it failed to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits agencies that receive federal funds from discriminatory practices.

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BART Airport Project Moving Forward Amid Debate

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 3:42pm
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BART Airport Project Moving Forward Amid Debate
A key regional transit agency voted 11-5 Wednesday to reaffirm its support for using $70 million in federal stimulus funds to help BART build a rail connector between its Coliseum station and the Oakland Airport. Sherry Hu reports.

BART gets 3 weeks to fix airport connector plan

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 2:31pm
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BART won a heated battle Wednesday to keep alive its Oakland Airport Connector project despite federal threats to withhold $70 million in stimulus funds and a campaign by transit and social equity groups to instead give the money to struggling transit agencies.

BART can still score stimulus funds for airport connector

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 12:14pm

OAKLAND — A planned BART connector from the Oakland Coliseum station to Oakland International Airport stayed on track Wednesday, pending an effort by BART to ease civil rights concerns posed by the Federal Transit Administration.

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maldax@sfexaminer.com

Transit Authority withholds stimulus funds from BART for possible violations of Civil Rights Act

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 12:01pm
Public interest advocates are applauding a decision by the Federal Transit Authority to withhold $70 million dollars in stimulus funding from the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency for possible violations of the Civil Rights Act. The issue surrounds a half-billion dollar BART transportation project called the "Oakland Airport Connector." Critics say the project is geared toward more affluent people and leaves out low-income residents and people of color.
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