Breaking: BART to San Jose may pass after all

Update to the story below as of 1720h PST: The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that with 9800 ballots remaining, Measure B has passed the 66.67 percent mark.

The ballot initiative to fund a BART extension to San Jose may have squeaked by, KNTV was reporting this afternoon. Though initial balloting showed the measure falling short of the required two-thirds majority, mail-in ballots are turning the tide.

With 17,000 of 42,000 mail-in ballots still to be counted, the vote to fund the 22-mile BART extension with a 1/8-cent Santa Clara County sales tax was 66.61 percent yes; the measure, like any tax increase in California since the 1978 passage of Proposition 13, requires at least a 66.67 percent yes vote.

If the Bart-to-San Jose tax passes, it would complete a surprising trifecta of voter support for mass transit projects at a time when local and state budgets are tight. Earlier this month, voters in Marin and Sonoma Counties passed a rail initiative, and statewide Proposition 1A also passed, kicking off the state’s bullet train project.

2 Comments so far

  1. Gary Wiens (garyrw) on November 17th, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

    The Warm Springs station is in Alameda County. The map shows seven stations in Santa Clara County, which is now down to six stations; gone is the SJSU station. I wonder where the heck we will be going in the South Bay… http://sanjose.metblogs.com/2008/10/25/bart-to-silicon-valley/


  2. Mark Pritchard (markpritchard) on November 17th, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

    The extension to Warm Springs was approved previously and is a separate project, I believe: http://bart.gov/about/projects/wsx/index.aspx



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