RM-2 Needs Y-O-U
Tell all Your Friends to Support Bridge Toll
In just eight weeks, Bay Area voters
will vote on Regional Measure Two (RM-2), which, if passed, will raise
tolls on the Bay Bridge and other state bridges by $1.
It’s way too little–tolls should
be more like the $7 levied in the New York area—but let there be no doubt
that passage of RM-2 is of momentous importance.
It means facing up to the disastrous
consequences of ripping out the coordinated rail and ferry network that
so ably served the Bay Area into the 1950s. It’s a significant down
payment on a truly comprehensive regional ferry network, along with a
host of other badly need public transportation improvements.
Opposition to RM-2 is scant but toxic.
The usual bully-boys will be out in force, those obliviously selfish SUV
fetishists who think public transit is only for maids and gardeners and
that wasting gas and soiling the environment is an inalienable right.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a
sociopath as "someone with a personality disorder manifesting itself
chiefly in anti-social attitudes and behavior." How else to describe
those who work to preserve the status quo of metastasizing traffic
congestion, dependence of foreign oil and soulless suburban sprawl?
Beware of equating the eminent good
sense of RM-2 with certain passage.
Indeed, in the short-term the toll
increase will be painful for mid- and low-income commuters, because the
promised public transit improvements will take years to bring about. It
is an insight into the rank cynicism of RM-2 opponents –high income
folks for whom an additional buck a day is trivial–that they seize on
this unfortunate, unavoidable truth.
RM-2 is no panacea. But it is essential if we are to
preserve the Bay Area’s quality of life. It’s the right thing to
do. It’s the sane thing to do. Now, it’s up to you.