SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — With the BART strike in its first day we’re now experiencing what we knew ahead of time: The Bay Area simply doesn’t have sufficient alternative transit for the 400,000 BART riders.
But the question is should we? Is it good regional transportation planning to have that alternative or is it simply unrealistic?
Steve Hemminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, helps coordinate regional transportation planning and finance for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
“I just don’t think it’s something we can afford. Having some level of redundancy in our system is a good idea. One of the things we’re doing with the ferry system is we’re building additional docking facilities that on a regular workday we probably won’t need, but in the event of a major earthquake we might.”
As Chairman of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, Hemminger also oversees the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge; the largest public works project currently underway in the United States.