Rob Anderson's commentary on San Francisco politics from District 5
Labels: Marin, Smart Growth
posted by Rob Anderson @ 11:51 AM
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And there's not one mention in this little fable about Marin turning down years ago the chance for BART to run to and thru their county. Think how that would have helped commuters today.Now it's too late. Let them suffer with their anti-transit attitude now.
50 years ago Marin County was a very different place than it is now, with 100,000 fewer people. The BART issue was complicated by worries in Marin about the tax burden it would put on the county, and there was a controversy about whether the Golden Gate Bridge could hold another deck carrying BART trains. Being "anti-transit" didn't have anything to do with it.
No, the Bart issue was more about Marinites not wanting undesirables from San Francisco gaining easy access to their bucolic hillsides. And there was never any real "controversy" over whether the bridge or not could hold a Bart train. That was a myth and engineers disproved it.Marin traffic is suffering now due to their own choices. Let them suffer.
Any evidence for your opinion of that "myth"? You're just projecting today's concerns and issues back on yesterday's.And of course you don't like it that people in Marin are challenging the "transit-oriented development" dogma that also guides our Planning Department.Besides, Marinites okayed the dumb Smart Train that will be a money sink forever. Doesn't that enhance their trendy transit credentials?
Rob, actually I think you have mis-read or misunderstood my previous comments. I am essentially on your side with many issues. And I was not commenting at all re: the transit oriented development issues.I was ONLY referring to the Bart issue and how Marin turned it down years ago, and how they are suffering now from their own lack of long term vision.Honestly, at times, you jump to conclusions and can be pretty defensive.
SMART will be a huge money sink and boondoggle. Compare it to the 101 which pays for itself everyday! What were the latest revenue figures for the 101, I can't find them right now, but at least $1million per year.
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