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Old Posted Dec 30, 2018, 9:11 PM
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Drone footage of Milpitas' development by yours truly

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Old Posted Dec 31, 2018, 8:13 PM
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Supposedly there is a pedestrian bridge in the works that will span Montague, connecting the station to the Great Mall.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/...-overcrossing/

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Final construction documents are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018. Chan said construction of the overcrossing is targeted to begin in October 2018 and finish by the end of 2019.

“The start date of October 2018 is constrained by the availability of the $10.5 million of federal funds,” Chan added.

Tran then asked how long the project would take to build. In response, Chan said the overcrossing’s construction would start in 2019 and take about 12 months to complete.
So much for starting construction in Oct 2018 lol. At least 12 months of construction isn't THAT long.


Looks like it will be implemented right here




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Old Posted Dec 31, 2018, 8:36 PM
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Supposedly there is a pedestrian bridge in the works that will span Montague, connecting the station to the Great Mall.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/...-overcrossing/


So much for starting construction in Oct 2018 lol. At least 12 months of construction isn't THAT long.


Looks like it will be implemented right here



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god forbid cars should have to slow down a bit, even in front of a BART station
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So much for starting construction in Oct 2018 lol. At least 12 months of construction isn't THAT long.


Looks like it will be implemented right here



god forbid cars should have to slow down a bit, even in front of a BART station[/QUOTE]

I know, what if you just made it an intersection, where you know people can cross at a red light. Montague needs way more lights than it has to let people cross. I would put a traffic light at Piper Dr, at Falcon Dr., Gladding Ct, and S. Milpitas Blvd. Why are they treating it like a river of cars?

If there were a grade separation having another entrance/exit to/from BART going under the street would be easier than dealing with all these grade changes, go up over Montague, down to the station level, down again to the platform level.
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god forbid cars should have to slow down a bit, even in front of a BART station

I know, what if you just made it an intersection, where you know people can cross at a red light. Montague needs way more lights than it has to let people cross. I would put a traffic light at Piper Dr, at Falcon Dr., Gladding Ct, and S. Milpitas Blvd. Why are they treating it like a river of cars?

If there were a grade separation having another entrance/exit to/from BART going under the street would be easier than dealing with all these grade changes, go up over Montague, down to the station level, down again to the platform level.
Wait, I'm not an expert, but wouldnt traffic lights at those places you listed cause more traffic? S Milpitas Blvd already has a traffic stop there
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Of course an ugly bridge is built to span the auto-sewer to reach the below grade station instead of a below grade passageway directly to the station. Genius planning. Only in America.
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Wait, I'm not an expert, but wouldnt traffic lights at those places you listed cause more traffic? S Milpitas Blvd already has a traffic stop there
Do you think you'd have to stop at all the lights? I imagine they would be timed together. The cars wouldn't be allowed to block the intersection, if they exist only for the crosswalk it wouldn't be any section except that. I think your concerns seem a bit overblown.
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Of course an ugly bridge is built to span the auto-sewer to reach the below grade station instead of a below grade passageway directly to the station. Genius planning. Only in America.
As an urbanist (who also loves rural areas and can appreciate well planned smaller communities), this type of ugly sprawling suburbia repulses me. I don’t even go through that area if it’s avoidable and have intentionally never been to the Great Mall.
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As an urbanist (who also loves rural areas and can appreciate well planned smaller communities), this type of ugly sprawling suburbia repulses me. I don’t even go through that area if it’s avoidable and have intentionally never been to the Great Mall.
About a year ago I called this "a good example of density without urbanism." The whole thing is atrocious.
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What kills me most about that overhead view is how easy it would have been to construct a Parisian style boulevard there with center parkway lanes for through traffic and local streets for access, strolling and well, life, on the outside. Instead they built an 8 lane expressway. Unbelievable things are still being done this way. Horrendous.
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^^Milpitas is not Paris and I doubt anybody there strolls. Now if they also put in a good boulangerie down the block, might be different.
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Milpitas Weekly report: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/wp-con...kly-report.pdf

Building permits were issued to the following:

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Summerhill Apartments, for construction of the first building consisting of 333 units out of 684 multi-family units in a 5-story residential with commercial development located at 1500 Centre pointe Dr. at an estimated construction cost of $72.8M.

LD Milpitas Lodging, LLC, for the construction of foundation only for Element Hotel, a new 5-story 194 room hotel located at 521 Alder Dr. at an estimated construction cost of $34.7M.

Toll Brothers, Inc., for the construction of first three, 3-story buildings consisting of 20 units out of 59 townhomes residential development located at 1980 Tarob Ct., at an estimated construction cost of $6.36M.
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Centre Pointe Townhomes, 241 townhomes development by DR Horton located at 1501 Centre Pointe Dr.: Two more 3-story buildings with a total of 15 units were finalized at the development, bringing it to a total of 130 completed units in the development.

District 1, 7-story mixed used project with commercial retail space and 371 apartments by Lyon Community Developments located at 1315 McCandless Dr.: To allow an earlier start of operation, a temporary occupancy permit for residential units in Phase 6A, 6B & 7 were issued.

PDF Solutions, located at 1469 N Milpitas Blvd.: To allow an earlier start of construction, a temporary building permit was issued to PDF Solutions, a developer company for process-design integration technologies for integrated circuits.

District Lot 2, 7-story mixed used project with commercial retail space and 207 residential unit apartment, wrapped around 7-story parking garage building development by Lyon Communities Developer located at 1415 McCandless Dr.: The construction of 2nd floor garage walls continues to proceed on the 7-level parking garage and the foundation of apartment building will be starting soon. See the aerial photos taken on Dec 21, 2018.
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The Fields Phase 2:





Aerial of Phase 3 and 4 (This includes more retail and the Virgin hotel):



Senior Care living in Milpitas:

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Old Posted Jan 24, 2019, 2:40 AM
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Piper Drive project in Milpitas:

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Old Posted Feb 6, 2019, 2:49 AM
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Milpitas:

The Fields (Phase 1)











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Developers pitch up to 2,000 homes, hotel, food hall, brewery and more at historic Richmond waterfront site
By Dean Boerner – Editorial intern, San Francisco Business Times
Feb 8, 2019, 1:44pm PST Updated a day ago

Richmond may come a step closer to developing an important waterfront site Tuesday night when four developers present their proposals for the historic area to city council.

Orton Development, Point Molate Partners (PMP), SunCal, and Samuelson Schafer will present a wide range of proposals on Feb. 12, the most expansive of which features 2,000 or more units of housing and at least 100,000 square feet of commercial development

The opportunity to develop the 413-acre site came out of a long-running lawsuit. The city reached a settlement in April with a Northern California Native American tribe and a developer that wanted to build a casino at Point Molate. As part of the settlement, a judge decided that any developer that builds on the site must set aside 70 percent of the land as open space and preserve historic buildings in the site's Winehaven Historic District. The court settlement requires a minimum of 670 residential units be built there.

Orton's proposal features several options, one sporting 1,100 residential units, and one “full community” option with 2,200 residential units spread across three areas of the 270-acre patch of land . . . .
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranc...enZ4TlZ2In0%3D

I was once almost shot by a spent bullet while standing on the Richmond BART platform. That has forever colored by opinion about Richmond's potential. But we'll see.
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I was once almost shot by a spent bullet while standing on the Richmond BART platform. That has forever colored by opinion about Richmond's potential. But we'll see.
Seeing beautiful waterfront nature areas being developed, with plenty of potential to redevelop the downtown core, saddens me. Hopefully they pay respect to the land, and the 70% reserved for open nature.
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pavers have started to go in at phase 2 of the San Carlos transit village, on what used to be the north parking lot

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I'm doing some analysis on the BART ridership levels at work and it just saddens me that we are seeing a downward trend. I was really expecting the ridership levels to rise due to the opening of Warm Springs, Pittsburgh Center and Antioch stations over the recent years.

Total Annual Ridership Levels:
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FY10 101,003,814
FY11 103,713,503 - 3.07% Increase YoY
FY12 110,776,960 - 6.17% Increase YoY
FY13 117,815,050 - 7.02% Increase YoY
FY14 117,073,699 - (-1.75%) Decrease YoY
FY15 125,979,396 - 6.01% Increase YoY
FY16 128,523,988 - 2.43% Increase YoY
FY17 124,171,100 - (-2.31%) Decrease
FY18 120,554,337 - (-2.18%) Decrease
Most notably there was a 20.7% DECREASE in ridership levels in Fremont. This is most likely due to the opening of Warm Springs. Below are their ridership levels over the years, to see how much of an effect it's taking in the South Bay.

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Fremont:
2016 - 9,284
2017 - 8,663
2018 - 6,872

Q1 2018 - 7,120
Q2 2018 - 6,826

Q1 2019 - 6,813
Q2 2019 - 5,949

Warm Springs:
2016 - 0
2017 - 760
2018 - 3,152

Q1 2018 - 3,061
Q2 2018 - 3,086

Q1 2019 - 3,508 (14.6% Increase YoY)
Q2 2019 - 4,056 (31.4% Increase YoY)

Combined:
2016: 9,284
2017: 9,423
2018: 10,024

Q1 2018: 10,181
Q2 2018: 9,912

Q1 2019: 10,321
Q2 2019: 10,005
As you can see above, ridership levels in the South Bay has been rising. This results in less cars driving from the South Bay to San Francisco. Since 2016, we are seeing an increase of ~720 riders in this area of the Bay Area. Even looking at the quarter data, we are seeing an upward trend, which I hope continues.

This also helps relieves the Fremont Bart station as it was known to be a traffic/parking nightmare before the opening of Warm Springs.

I believe that ridership levels should maintain a bit in Warm Springs, even with the opening of Milpitas and Berryessa Stations due to the new residential units next to the station. (I should have pictures posted soon).

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The next huge decrease in ridership levels is Berkeley, having 1k less than the previous year. (a -6.7% decrease)

The only stations that have been seeing an increase from 2017 to 2018 are as follows:
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South Hayward
Montgomery Street
Pleasant Hill
West Dublin
Dublin / Pleasanton
Daly City
Warm Springs
Finally, I wanted to see the effect of the Pittsburg Center and Antioch stations

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Pittsburg/BayPoint:
Q1 2018: 6,580
Q2 2018: 6,642

Q1 2019: 3,970
Q2 2019: 3,929

Pittsburg Center + Antioch Combined:
Q1 2019: 3,766
Q2 2019: 3,944

All 3 stations:
Q1 2019: 7,736
Q2 2019: 7,873
I would conclude that the Pittsburg Center and Antioch stations are a major win for BART and Bay Area commute. There are about 1,200 more people taking BART YoY in this area, quite possibly removing ~800 cars from the road and relieving parking spaces in the Pittsburg/Bay Point station.

Well that was fun lol. Let me know if you guys want me to look into more data from BART.

Source of information: https://www.bart.gov/about/reports/ridership

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Old Posted Mar 6, 2019, 11:25 PM
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Thanks for the Bart stats. That info is always fun to read through, after someone has done all the math for me!

I wish Bart was quicker. As it is right now, I don't like driving nor taking Bart into the city because with driving you face traffic. With bart you are free from driving, but you deal with the noise, potential crime, and the biggest culprit, sloooooow trains. I also wish there was a stop closer to Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach.
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