CrossingsBay Round Up
MTC Publication Available
The MTC has published its State of the System with facts figures and
information about various services. You can get a free copy by e-mail at
BART Takes Another Hit
Looks like BART to San Jose won’t be happening anytime soon. Not only did it
get unfunded by the governor’s draft budget, it has now been “not
recommended” by federal transit planners in a report to Congressional
Bankrupt California Western Railroad Sold
The famous Skunk Train, operating in bankruptcy for over a year has been
sold to the Sierra Railroad for $1.4 million. Sierra plans to add services
and reinstate regular operations in May for the famous passenger train
between Willits and Fort Brag. The Skunk was the last privately operated
daily passenger and mail service in America.
Alameda Gets a New Ferry Service
The island of Alameda just won the Triple Crown for ferry service. Despite
canceling its regular weekend service to San Francisco, the city has now
funded a 15-month experiment, where the existing Jack London Water Taxi will
carry bicyclists across the estuary from Chevy’s in Alameda to Jack London
Square in Oakland. The trip takes about five minutes and the subsidized
round trip fare is $1. Regular passengers are $5. Service is available from
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. This makes the third ferry service
for Alameda, in addition to Harbor Bay and the Alameda Oakland Ferry.
Mike Healy, Spokesman for BART to Retire
Mike Healy, who has been the spokesman for BART since its inception in 1971,
plans to retire in April. He was there when the first test train went off
the end of the track and has coolly handled BART’s emergencies ever since.
Keep Off the Rocks
A detailed report prepared by the Army Corps of Engineers concluded that to
lower the height of rocks that are topping out at a depth of 36 feet between
Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge would cost $22 million and would be a
waste of money. The study was performed because deep-draft vessels and oil
tankers drawing 50 feet regularly pass near by. As usual, the
Napa Considers New Tax
Napa is considering placing a half-cent sales tax before the voters in the
November election to fund transportation projects. Various projects are
being considered including road widening and new rail service. The measure
would require a two-thirds majority to pass.
BART Airport Extension Under Performs
Ridership on BART’s new SFO airport extension is around 26,000 a day versus
the projected 45,000. The airport itself has been fairly busy but the other
stations such as Colma have been relatively dead.
BART Raises Rates Again
On January 1, BART raised its rates 10%, sending the average ticket price up
from $2.55 to $2.80. Last year, BART also enacted a fare increase.