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Public transit rolls full speed ahead in 2008

By queen
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.)

 

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5 Responses to “Public transit rolls full speed ahead in 2008”

  1. murphstahoe Says:

    Santa Clara voters got hoodwinked. Proposition B passed, and immediately thereafter VTA announced it would be cutting everything else in order to make sure the BART extension could get funded, despite claims to the contrary prior to the election.

    per 295bus

  2. Queen Says:

    Murphstahoe, when you refer to “everything else,” does that mean the local bus lines?

  3. murphstahoe Says:

    Local Bus Lines.
    Express Bus Lines.
    Light Rail Extension.
    Caltrain Electrification.

    Follow the link in the first comment for 295bus’ commentary, including a link to the Mercury News article on the VTA meeting.

  4. Queen Says:

    Big thanks, murph, but for some reason the link didn’t come through. Can you tell me the name of the reporter who wrote the story, and I’ll google? Sure appreciate it.

  5. murphstahoe Says:

    It’s not so obvious, but if you click on “per 295bus” in my comment, you will go to the following link

    http://295bus.blogspot.com/2008/12/beware-post-election-announcements.html

    On that blog entry, the following link takes you to the mercury news story.

    “The VTA priority: BART — and everything else will have to wait”

    http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_11202750?nclick_check=1

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