Alameda does not need noise BART station would bring
In response to Peter Espy’s letter to the editor (“More transportation options needed if more housing is built,” June 16), as a voting resident of the West End of the “Big Island” of Alameda, I disagree that a second BART tube under the San Francisco Bay should have a station either under Alameda or on its surface, on its way to the mainland.
I brag that we have no trains, airports, or freeways. Why? Because I love the quiet after having lived at California and Hyde in San Francisco for about 25 years.
The noise and vibrations from underground or overland trains would degrade our city.
Anyone who has ridden on a BART train can testify to the noise generated by the wheels on the tracks. Anyone who has been in an above- or below-ground BART station when a train arrives can testify to the intensity of the vibration from the approaching train. Anyone who has been in an above- or below-ground BART station when a train leaves can testify to the intensity of the vibration from the departing train.
Has Mr. Espy ever lived above or near train tracks? I would suggest he try living over or near a BART station before he states that “Alameda BART” will not degrade our city. I would suggest adding ferries to the schedule and better transportation to both terminals and adding a bridge or two to maintain or enhance living on Alameda.
How about marketing Alameda as a headquarters for companies so people can bike or walk from their homes on the Big Island to work on the Big Island!