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Archive for June, 2007

poverty and the suburbs: a short commute

Oh, the arrogance of deprivation.

Or at least of those who advocate for the poor and the downtrodden and those who claim to know something about people who live in one neighborhood or another.east-coco.jpg

I can get away with saying this because I belong to the latter group. It was only Tuesday night that I put a snarky little “but” in one of my stories when referring to eBART as a project that would serve the Bay Area’s “urban core.”

eBART, you see, will Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2007
Under: BART, Buses, Funding, rail, transit equity | 13 Comments »

market forces not just gas, eh?


Some of you doubted me when I said in April we had reached the elasticity conversion point when it came to gas prices, i.e., the point at which high prices make us consume less in spite of our historic tendency to ignore them.

Among the comments were these:

murphstahoe Says:

I’m not buying it. While Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2007
Under: driving | No Comments »

what will they say about us in 2057?


On the occasion of the recent 50th anniversary of the creation of the BART bureaucracy, I noted the prescience of members of the commission that decided the Bay Area really needed a rapid transit system. They said that new freeways, which Los Angeles had pinned its hopes on, could not solve traffic congestion by themselves.

Now BART is contemplating its next 50 years with the knowledge that those guys in 1957 were Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2007
Under: AC Transit, BART, Bay Bridge, Buses, Caltrans, Carpooling, driving, Freeways, Smart Lanes, tolls, Transit vs. driving | 3 Comments »

bus for one?


Bus service in low-density areas has the distinction of being some of the most inefficient public transit around.

To quote a former editor of mine, “most of the time, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2007
Under: AC Transit, Buses | 5 Comments »

investors do their bit for California


Sorry to have gone AWOL for so long. Was on vacation last week, and this week I have no excuse. Thanks for checking in spite of that.

Before vacation, I talked about California Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s effort to attract individual investors to buy some of the $43 billion worth of infrastructure bonds approved by voters in November.

Looks like he succeeded, getting Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Under: Carpooling, driving, Freeways, Funding | No Comments »

infrastructure: a good investment one way …

Last fall our elected leaders, almost to a person, told us that the $43 billion in infrastructure bonds on the November ballot were a good investment in transportation, flood control and educational facilities that had been neglected for decades.

Now Bill Lockyer, elected state treasurer in the same election, wants to convince Californians that infrastructure is also a good investment.

No, there’s no echo in here.

Lockyer announced today that his folks are launching a Web site to make it easier for the average taxpayer with a bit of money to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2007
Under: Caltrans, Carpooling, Funding | 1 Comment »

dealing with the idle threat

clean-truck-idling.jpgFor those of us who care about clean air and the rest of us who enjoy breathing when we’re near diesel trucks and other vehicles, the news from Kenworth is good indeed.

They’re hawking a new battery and energy-saving power system that will, they say, allow truckers to turn off their engines and still sleep in air conditioned comfort for 10 hours.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I get angry when Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Under: Environment, trucks | 1 Comment »

they saw this in 1957, luckily for us


Behind every successful public service, there was an idea. That idea led to a proposal and that proposal led to a big bureaucracy that, whatever its faults, got the job accomplished.

Such is the case with the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, which was born by an act of the California legislature and governor on June 4, 1957.

BART, the entity, is now 50.

With the help of our librarian, I was able to find Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2007
Under: BART, Freeway collapse, Freeways, Planning, rail, Transit vs. driving | 14 Comments »