Walnut Creek: BART Transit Village parking garage approved, construction likely to start soon

By Elisabeth Nardi : Contra Costa Times – excerpt

WALNUT CREEK — The first phase of the Walnut Creek BART Transit Village will not be retail stores or apartments, but rather a new five-level parking garage.

While the village was approved by the city two years ago, design approvals needed to begin work are just now occurring.

Developers Walnut Creek Lifestyle Associates, a joint venture of Essex Property Trust and Transit Village Associates, were at the city’s Design Review Commission earlier this month getting final approval on the garage, planned for the southwestern portion of the BART property on Ygnacio Valley Road… (more)

Walnut Creek city officials are listening to BART riders when they say, parking is an element of mass transit that needs to be addressed. Maybe SF will get the message. We need more parking near BART stops.

 

Sharing the roads in L.A.

editorial : latimes – excerpt

Motorists unite! An advisory initiative on San Francisco’s November ballot urges city leaders to reverse their public transit and bicycle-friendly policies. Because 79% of households in the city have a car, proponents argue, wouldn’t it make more sense to dedicate more money to helping cars move faster and making it easier and cheaper to park them? Why have local transportation authorities created a “war on motorists” by removing street parking and traffic lanes for bike routes, while hiking meter rates and parking ticket fines? Enough already!

Sound familiar? It should. Los Angeles has been hearing some of the same complaints as it begins a transformation from car-centric sprawl to what planners hope will be walkable, bikeable “urban villages.” Several projects designed to give Angelenos more transit choices and make streets safer have faced angry push-back from residents, businesses and politicians…

Redesigning the urban landscape demands patience and consensus-building. That means listening to communities and building a record of success that can persuade even die-hard drivers that there are benefits to the proposed trade-offs, such as safer roads and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. It also requires a firm commitment by the city’s political leadership — as well as the countywide Metropolitan Transportation Authority — to planning and funding a vision of L.A. that puts pedestrians, cyclists and transit users on equal ground with drivers. Hopefully, Angelenos can avoid a war on motorists and simply learn to share the road… (more)