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Tue May 10, 2022, 05:14 PM

12. BART extension to Stockton is planned

I seldom drove a vehicle during my bay area gigs.
Partially because I truly detest contending with traffic. Even when public transit wasn't tremendously reliable--- certainly several interesting stories to tell getting around on MUNI, including a racist driver who sped past stops if no passengers of color were waiting-- later in horror recognized me as his caregiver in a "come to Jesus" moment.
But it was there. Never saved any time-- but BART chattered along smoothly enough to provide many hours of study time, as well as a carefully timed excursions on the Concord line to break out into sunshine for a change and some Vit D conversion!
I remember seeing the newspaper articles in the 1960's about the "STOP BART!" committee who successfully halted BART expansion down the peninsula in favor of "expressways"- now veritable polluting parking lots from 5 to 7 p.m.. Grey haired old ladies long dead now who never had to contend with their backwards transit attitudes.
Public transit is far from a perfect solution but where the infrastructure exists it can end up salvaging us from the ignorance of exponential freeway expansions that's made greater L.A. a hair pulling nightmare.

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