Friday, October 24, 2008

Seeking out Best Opportunities Takes Being OPEN

It's a pretty well-known fact that public transportation in and out of Brisbane is tough. The Caltrain station is located near 101 and, unlike most of the places in town, isn't easily accessible by way of a short stroll.

There may be a way to change that.

By participating in the FOCUS Program, led by four regional agencies - in partnership with congestion management agencies, transit providers, and local governments throughout the Bay Area, a transit network for the Baylands could one day be possible. The goals of the FOCUS Program - promoting transit usage and reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) - are consistent with the City's stated objectives to achieve a sustainable and environmentally responsible development on the Baylands.

What usually goes hand in hand with transit-oriented districts is planned housing. In 2007, a Priority Development Area (PDA) was designated encompassing the Schlage Lock site, Visitacion Valley, and Executive Park in San Francisco, all of which already had included planned housing as part of that region's development. In other words, participation in the FOCUS Program does not constitute the building of housing. Rather, it allows Brisbane eligibilty to receive discretionary funding available through the FOCUS program. This would especially be the case if a reduction in VMT and associated greenhouse gas emissions is probable (which would be the likely case if the train station was moved closer to central Brisbane).

To date, Planning Grants totaling $7.5 million were awarded to PDAs during the last fiscal year, and an additional $22 million is estimated to be available in the next 3-4 years. (If a PDA does not receive incentives in the first round, it will remain eligible for future rounds of funding, as available). On Monday night, the City Council voted to adopt Resolution #2208-38, allowing for staff to apply for inclusion in the existing PDA. More information about this next planning step was requested as well, as the Council keeps an open mind while seeking out the best opportunities for the Baylands and the City.

Speaking of being OPEN, the Pool will continue to be operating its Adult Lap Swim morning session (6:30 am - 9:30 am) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition, it will be open an extra hour on Tuesdays and Thursday. See below for the rest of this week's hours:

Adult Lap Swim
Monday: 6:30am-9:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 4:00-7:00pm
Wednesday and Friday: 6:30-9:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 5:15-7:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 11:30am-1:30pm, 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am-1:00pm

Recreation Swim
Monday-Friday: 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am-1:00pm

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