Mike Rosenberg discusses both the land use change and funding challenges to the future of transit service in The Oakland Tribune.
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East Contra Costa County residents express frustration over BART’s plans to extend the rail system to Antioch using self-propelled diesel battery rail cars (dubbed “eBART”) rather than providing the standard electric-powered BART service. The cost for constructing the eBART system to Antioch is approximately $462 million, versus $1.173 billion for traditional BART.
Transportation officials are revisiting the issue of consolidating the Bay Area’s numerous, sometimes overlapping transit systems. There are currently 28 transit operators in the Bay Area, all now suffering fiscal strain during the economic crisis.
Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area’s transportation planning and financing agency, said the region needs to look at how to streamline not just the administration and oversight of transit agencies but also the services they offer and the fares they charge. Instead of having to transfer between multiple systems, paying a different fare each time, passengers should be able to take a single service in many cases, and pay a single fare.
City of Berkeley staff have developed a draft locally preferred alternative (LPA) for AC Transit’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route through Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro.
The LPA document gives a comprehensive look at the proposed route design, the options considered in developing the LPA, the implications of the design, and strategies to address impacts.