It was gratifying to read that Marin (and Sonoma, for that matter) County might have a chance of building bona fide mass transit as early as three years from now.
What’s even more amazing is that it’s taken so long to get to this point. Ever since it was decided, back in the hippie days, that Marin couldn’t get BART, the place must have been crying out for an alternative to the almighty Volvo. I wasn’t here, so correct me if I’m wrong.
But now voters in the two counties have a chance to pass a modest sales tax in November that will give people an alternative to the anguish of the 101, perhaps followed by a relaxing ferry ride for those who can afford it.
It’s a pity that voters have to choose between a regressive tax (the only thing that’s viable anymore in California) and no rapid transit. Anti-tax forces are arrayed against them, and from one persepective, it’s hard to fault them.
On the other hand, I think it’s time that Marin and Sonoma counties joined the rest of the region in helping desperate commuters park their cars and start a new lifestyle.