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railway to the 20th Century

By enelson
Thursday, July 6th, 2006 at 6:47 pm in connectivity, Freeways, Funding, rail.

Marin rail.jpgIt 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. 

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2 Responses to “railway to the 20th Century”

  1. po Says:

    You should take a second look at this. It is an expensive boondoggle that will drain money from much worthier projects. There’s no data to support the kind of ridership that would be needed to justify such a huge investment.

  2. David Says:

    The previous commenter appears to be one of those scared Marin people who are stuck in autoland. What does s/he mean by ‘worthier project?’

    For a small amount of money (as transportation projects go), Marin and Sonoma can have a mode of transit that enables comfortable fast North-South travel, no matter what condition the freeway is in. This is an major benefit. Because the right-of-way is already in public ownership, reliable transportation can be achieved at a much lower cost and sooner than anything anyone else has proposed.

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