Having been around since March, I suppose one could argue that I should be up on the history of the Altamont Commuter Express.
But alas, my colleague, Rebecca, at the Tri-Valley Herald, has done such a good job of covering the Stockton-to-San Jose commuter rail service that I’ve been able to focus my attention elsewhere.
But she’s off to a more important assignment, and I have to get up-to-speed. Luckily, Rebecca will be around to write another story about ACE before I immerse myself in the zen of wi-fi-equipped rail service.
To do so, I may have to show up a public forum on ACE expansion projects?next Tuesday from?11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pleasanton Library Community Room, 400 Old Bernal Avenue.
One question I might ask is, “Why is it necessary to make a better connection between BART and ACE now? Why didn’t we do that when the thing was started?”
I’m sure there’s a good reason, such as there was a choice between not building the thing or building it a little off, and they went with, build it.
I’m sure there are people out there (including Rebecca) who know the answer to this, and rather than ask them directly, I’ll wait for them to respond publicly so we can get on with fixing this thing and getting more Oakland, Berkeley and crossbay workers to start taking ACE to BART.
Until the jobs come back to Silicon Valley ACE is going to need a good reason to increase service to a frequency that will get more people off of I-580.