Here’s the response to Arnold Corbett’s posting below, from Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman Randy Rentschler:
The design issue, along with alignment, rail on the bridge, bike lanes, replacement vs. retrofit, and much else has been discussed at length for nearly 15 years.
We cannot rewind this movie back to 1989 and start over and at this point, all credible analysis confirms that changing directions on big projects is a recipe for more trouble. For toll payers, the fact is that we will have a $4 toll come Jan. 2007 and what the bridge looks like at this point will not change that.
We need closure and to move on.
And I would have to add that 17 years after the Loma Prieta Earthquake showed the bridge needed fixing or replacement, it does seem a little late to be changing gears. But I’m new here, and I like to hear what the natives have to say about the major transportation issues.
Thanks to Arnold and Randy for hashing this out one more time.