Peter Wisnovsky 
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Re: “The Fight to Develop West Oakland

My concern about a transit village around West Oakland BART is that it ignores the fact that BART is tipping over capacity at rush hour, with trains at the "last stations" eastbound and westbound already too full for a single person to get on board. This will only get worse as BART extends farther and farther out to the East and South. BART has sucked almost every penny in regional transit investment for decades, and this has left us with little redundancy or diversity to provide significant capacity as we pass the limits of the BART system. It was tragically shortsighted to not build the new bridge with mass transit capacity, even if that did require building a new western transit-only span. New residents in West Oakland who buy into the area because of BART are going to be pissed off when they discover that it takes 5 minutes to walk to the train, 6 minutes to get to Embarcardero, but that only works if there is a train you can get on. That is going to become more and more of a risk in the future. The people who conceived of BART 50 years ago assumed that the people living today would solve their own damn transit problems, but unfortunately we live in an era where accomplishing big things is harder and harder.

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Posted by Peter Wisnovsky on 07/10/2014 at 11:30 AM

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