Joel Ramos 
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Re: “Oakland Proposes Affordable Housing Impact Fee

With all due respect to Mr. Patton and Mr. Rees, my comments were intended to convey a sense that Coliseum City and the BRT corridor will be closer to attracting higher rents than, say, development along the Macarthur corridor (like at Seminary or at 73rd Ave / Eastmont Town Center. As such, the BRT corridor and Coliseum City should not be set on the same type of fee schedule as areas of the city that don't have millions of dollars of investment being poured into them. This would then make developments in underinvested areas even more attractive. To consider the BRT corridor and Coliseum City (both areas that are slated for millions of dollars of reinvestment in the near future) equal as the rest of East Oakland doesn't seem fair to the other areas of East Oakland.

Posted by Joel Ramos on 12/30/2015 at 11:39 PM

Re: “What's Left of BRT?

It should be made clear that the the cities are not expected to pay a dime for this project, and actually stand to benefit from the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in new infrastructure, which helps to attract future investment.

Perhaps most disappointing about the loss of BRT in Berkeley is the fact that the cost per passenger on transit will be greatly reduced with the capitol investment in BRT. This translates to lower operating costs, which would help to avoid service cuts and or fare hikes in the future.

Posted by Joel Ramos on 02/03/2011 at 5:38 PM

Re: “AC Transit's Duplication of Service

@ David97, to reduce operating costs, the F and or the B lines may continue to run, but they would be re-routed to terminate at East Bay BART stations, as opposed to crossing the bridge and terminating at the Transbay Terminal.

Posted by Joel Ramos on 05/19/2010 at 3:57 PM

Re: “You're Not an Environmentalist If You're Also a NIMBY

Gammon is almost right on. However, I am compelled to disagree with the phrase “strong opposition to BRT” in reference to the Telegraph Corridor. On the contrary, based on the results of Measure KK (a ballot measure driven by the opponents to BRT), one could argue the opposite. The anti-BRT measure failed not just in the city, but along the Telegraph Ave. corridor as well. Berkeley Transportation Commissioner Rob Wrenn compiled a precinct-by-precinct analysis of the results showing Measure KK only won a mere 25.9% of the votes. You can read Mr. Wrenn’s analysis for yourself at:

While there are opponents to BRT or much change along the Telegraph corridor, Gammon was correct in stating elsewhere in the article that the opponents are “a small, but very vocal coalition of city residents”. Our hope is for our elected officials to keep this article -and the results of Measure KK- in mind when asked to make decisions about BRT in the future.

Joel Ramos

Posted by Joel Ramos on 07/01/2009 at 4:05 PM

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