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railing against the darkness in Sacramento

wet-capitol-light-rail.jpgOnce again, I feel compelled to share my mis- fortunes at the expense of revealing my stupidity. I have to believe that there are others who regularly miss buses and have to drive an extra 15 miles to retrieve a forgotten mobile phone.

Perhaps it was my punishment for doubting that high-speed rail would ever be built in my lifetime. Perhaps it was what I deserve for not believing that people will all switch to public transit if only it were more convenient.

Or perhaps it was ignoring the sign in front of the Sacramento parking garage that said it closed at 7 p.m.

So I was in a hurry to get to the High-Speed Rail Authority board meeting where the board decided not to decide, thus deciding on a South Bay route for high-speed rail, which will improve the lives of millions of Californians and will be coming Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2007
Under: AC Transit, Amtrak, BART, Bicycling, Buses, Capitol Corridor (Amtrak), connectivity, driving, Fare systems, high-speed rail, light rail, parking, rail, taxicabs, Transit vs. driving | No Comments »

coping with the “Bay Bridge collapse”

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A Caltrans spokesperson mentioned that a journalism student called the other day about a story on the economic impact of the “Bay Bridge collapse” on San Francisco businesses.

The student was politely told that the bridge was still up and running, and that businesses weren’t affected. There will be a quiz later.

You can quibble about the affect of the April 29 MacArthur Maze eastbound I-80-I-580 connector collapse on downtown business on both sides of the Bay, but it does seem that there has been some economic impact from the aforementioned collapse of the Bay Bridge.

Being in the news business, I’m often comparing what people have heard or what people think they heard with what Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2007
Under: air travel, Bay Bridge, driving, Freeway collapse, Safety, taxicabs, Transit vs. driving | No Comments »