Authorized�on a vote of 10 yeas, 2 noes and 0 abstentions, the General Manager to execute a contract with the joint venture of Hatch Mott MacDonald Transportation and Tunnels, Inc., and Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation for tunnel design and program control services for the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit (SVRT) Project in an amount not to exceed $51,200,000 for the Preliminary Engineering phase.�The initial contract term will be for 24 months with future amendments to be presented to the Board for final design and construction management services once approval to enter into final design for the SVRT Project is determined.� The contract is 1 percent ($500,000) federally funded. Board Members Casas and Pirzynski voted no.
Staff advised�that there are six major consultant teams performing work with VTA on the PE for the BART Extension over the next two years. �Between now and August 2004, five design team contracts will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for approval.�
Queried�as to the impact of delaying the Preliminary Engineering (PE) by three to six months.� Staff advised that the Federal Government will start to question the commitment to the project.
Queried�why the Federal Government would be concerned about VTA's commitment to the project if postponed.
Queried�when the other five contracts will be coming to the Board of approval.
Stated�that any sign of hesitancy will be a disadvantage.� Requested clarification from Staff that this action will not disadvantage any other projects, specifically the Downtown East Valley Project.
Board Member Chavez left her seat at 6:23 p.m.
Staff reiterated�action taken tonight will not disadvantage any other project.
Board Member Chavez took her seat at 6:26 p.m.
Expressed concern regarding moving the PE so quickly and about noticing the public why the Board of Directors are making their decision.
Board Member McHugh left his seat at 6:29 p.m.
Board Member McHugh took his seat at 6:30 p.m.
Requested staff be prepared to discuss issues people are raising regarding the PE at the February 27, 2004 Board Workshop.
Expressed concern that if the PE is postponed existing VTA staff that would be working on the engineering will have to be laid off.
Noted that it is not the right time to slow the project down and it is time to move forward as a Board.� Acknowledged that some of the greatest projects in the State of California were constructed during the Depression.
Expressed concern�regarding a split decision of the Board Members. �Stated good business policy to advise the public of all of the facts.
Bernadette Arellano, Field Representative for Congressman Mike Honda, provided�a statement in support of the BART to San Jose Project.
Joseph Furtado, Consultant, Assembly Transportation Committee, Assembly Member John Dutra, stated�the Committee's Chairperson recommends moving forward with the PE as�BART is an important part of the Bay Area Transportation puzzle which will help alleviate freeway congestion and contribute to smart growth along transit routes.� Also stated that it will more fully integrate the Bay Area as a region, bring more jobs in, and stimulate economic expansion in Santa Clara County and everywhere.
Tom Blaylock, Member BART Board of Directors and Dumbarton Rail Committee, urged�that Board Members approve the Hatch Mott MacDonald and Bechtel contract.
Rod Diridon, Interested Citizen, stated�that the danger is not a shortage of funding but rather delay and even a short delay means a loss in buying power. �Also stated that it is necessary to do homework, part of it being the PE.
Alternate Board Member Yeager took his seat at 6:45 p.m.
Jose Esteves, Mayor of the City of Milpitas, requested�the PE contract be awarded.
Philip Bump, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, encouraged�the Board Members to move forward with the PE for BART.
Manuel Valerio, Interested Citizen, stated�that it is time to move forward with the PE because there is a need to lay down the groundwork and a more refined knowledge of the cost of the project.
Alice Frayne, Interested Citizen, stated�that she favored delaying the PE and requested�a higher priority be made for the working poor and people who cannot drive to have buses and for a safe way to travel.
Christopher Lepe, Transportation and Land Use Coalition, expressed concern�regarding the cost of BART Project and PE and lack of funding for operations once the project is completed.
Gus Morrison, Mayor of City of Fremont, expressed�his support of the BART Project.
Don Gagliardi, Interested Citizen, urged�the Board to authorize the PE funds.�
Laura Stuchinsky, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, urged�the Board to authorize the first PE contract for the BART Extension to Silicon Valley.
Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, expressed�his support of the PE and bringing the BART Extension to San Jose.
Sally Probst, Interest Citizen, requested the Board approve the PE.
Alex Kobayashi, Assembly Member Manny Diaz' Office, noted�Assembly Member Diaz' support of the PE for improvement of the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor.
Board Member Cortese left his seat at 7:01 p.m.
Grant Bentley, Interested Citizen, stated�that the most important reason to consider the PE is because of land use planning activities.
Board Member Cortese took his seat at 7:02 p.m.
Ernest Guzman, Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, expressed his support of the PE.
Elizabeth Hayes, Interested Citizen, requested the Board Members postpone the funding for BART until VTA gets its house in order.
Christopher Coulter, Interested Citizen, stated it�is his hope that his vote to bring BART to San Jose will be honored and urged�the Board Members to approve the PE contract.
Neil Struthers, CEO Building Trades Council, urged�that the vision of BART be kept moving forward and confidence be restored with the Public.
Margaret Okuzmi, Bay Rail Alliance, requested�the Board Members review the most current FTA New Starts Report before granting the PE and stated�that VTA needs to address the structural deficit.
Jeff Dennison, Tri-County Apartment Association, urged�the Board Members to award the contracts.
Josue Garcia, Building Trades Council, voiced�his support of bringing to BART to San Jose.
Jim Homer, Laborers Local 270, urged�the Board Members to keep the vision of BART and the PE moving forward.
Eugene Bradley, Santa Clara VTA Riders Union, expressed concern�regarding the expenditure of the PE, requested�a delay of the funding for BART until all associated costs can be disclosed, and stated the reason to wait for BART is because Silicon Valley needs buses now.
Ms. Applegate extended�an invitation to the Board Members to spend a day at the Agency to enable them to see what clients need to do to get to the light rail and stated�that it is important toreprioritize in light of the federal and state budget.
Board Member Casas left his seat at 7:21 p.m.
Erik Schoennauer, Interested Citizen, thanked�the Board Members for their service on the Board and urged�the Board Members to vote yes on the PE.
Board Member Casas took his seat at 7:22 p.m.
Bruce M. Stevens, Interested Citizen, thanked�the Board Members for moving Public Presentations back to the front of the meeting and requested�that the PE also consider other alternatives.
Frank Jesse, BEA Systems, emphasized�land use planning development.
Board Members Chavez and Dando left their seat at 7:24 p.m.
Ross Signorino, Interested Citizen, stated�that it would be cheaper if the tunnel did go down 50 to 70 feet below ground level.
Board Member Dando took her seat at 7:25 p.m.
Rani Ranjan, Interested Citizen, encouraged�Board Members to proceed forward with BART because it will elevate the City of San Jose to a global center.
Board Member Chavez took her seat at 7:27 p.m.
Robert Tragni, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, supported�moving the PE foward.
Zachary Cribari, Interested Citizen, stated�he is against the BART to San Jose Project and requested�the Board Members be solely dependant on public transportation for a week for their daily personal and professional use.
David Collins, Interested Citizen, stated�he is in support BART to San Jose and reminded�Board Members why BART was not originally brought to San Jose.
Noted�non-support of Chairperson's recommendation to defer this item for a month and would be supporting the motion to move forward with the PE.
Advised�that it is important to move forward with PE phase and supports doing so. Stated�that the project deserves the Board to be bold and brave.
Stated�does not understand why the PE cannot be deferred for a few months until further information is provided and will not be supporting motion.
Noted�that a delay now could mean more delays in the future, that Board Members need a mindset to move forward, and also noted�that it is an opportune time to proceed with the PE.
Noted�support of the motion, that the City of Milpitas has always overwhelmingly supported BART, believes in long-term planning, and is critical to the City of Milpitas and the economic recovery of the Valley.
Raised�the issue of credibility and timing and requested�staff consider the possibility of taking a step back and educating the community.
Thanked�all speakers and stated�his appreciation of the Board�Members' insight and commitment. Noted that even uncertainty can add to an action, however, taking a short time to examine and address the uncertainty is prudent.
Supported moving forward with the PE phase of the BART and should follow vision of voters.
Grateful�to be part of the discussion and deliberations and will support proceeding with the proposed action.
Stated�that they are the stewards of public money and need to be very careful with it but also need to say "yes sometimes it is time to move forward even though unsure as to how" and will be supporting the motion.
Stated�BART is important but it also important to educate the public as to the Board's decision and requested�staff to come forward with the reasons for supporting the PE at February 27, 2004 Board Workshop.
Supports�public education, requested�an evening workshop to accommodate the Public and thanked everyone for their comments.
Supports�the idea of educating the public.
Recommended�a two-hour meeting in the evening before the end of the month.
Advised�that staff will provide a report for a preliminary discussion at�the�February 27, 2004 Board Workshop and staff will schedule an evening meeting.
Requested�a breakdown of segments to understand every element of the five additional contracts that the Board Members will be voting on and stated�he will support the motion.