Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 8:59 am in Misc. Transportation.
2008 was a Public Transit Party for the Bay Area. Real estate plummeted, banks crashed and unemployment soared, but BART, Amtrak and AC Transit not only survived but prevailed. Commuters flocked to public transit in record-breaking numbers, and as a final coup, California voters passed passed Prop. 1A for the statewide high-speed rail in November, putting the icing on the cake.
Of course, it wasn’t all roses. Tri Delta Transit cut back on service, as did the County Connection. But hey! In 2008, we learned that BART’s seismic upgrade of the Transbay Tube is going to cost $100 million less than expected. And the parcel tax for AC Transit passed (whether this is a milestone or a millstone is perhaps less than clear). Regardless, we can only hope that 2009 will rock as hard for public transit.
(Video of California High-Speed Trains: NC3D.com.)