Bay Area Growth and Transportation

Sunday, April 10, 1:30 -3:30 PM
Noe Valley Library Community Room, “Bay Area Growth and Transportation: Getting to Where We Want to Go,” conversations with Tom Rubin, Gerald Cauthen, two Bay Area transportation specialists.

The Libertarian Party of SF is hosting its 3rd annual panel discussion on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 1:30-3:30 PM at the Noe Valley Library Community Room. This year the topic will be “Bay Area Growth and Transportation: Getting to Where We Want to Go,” and it is our pleasure to have two transportation experts to present and discuss the challenges of getting around in the Bay Area: Tom Rubin, with over 40 years of experience working with transportation systems who served as Controller-Treasurer of the Southern California Rapid Transit District from 1989-1993, and Gerald Cauthen, a transit engineer and founding member of SaveMuni and former Manager of Muni’s Transit Improvement Program. Considering how quickly things are changing in the transportation realm, we can’t think of a more timely topic.

While transportation may not be a very sexy issue like NSA spying, immigration, or gun control, unless you are a hermit and never leave your house or apartment, we are all affected drastically every day—whether we like it or not—by the transportation decisions made by government bureaucrats. From late Muni buses to dangerous streets to clogged freeways, getting around is more than a matter of inconvenience and lost productive time—it can sometimes literally be a matter of life and death. And with government at the helm, you can be sure that transportation decisions are bound to be shaped by political pressure and pitting one group against another, rather than common sense.

The scope of transportation ideas is not just an academic exercise, but real life changes planned for The City. Just a few years ago, it was only a dream by some city planners to tear down the I-280 at Mission Bay and turn it into 280 Boulevard, but with Mayor Lee and Supervisor Wiener currently touting the plan to replace part of the freeway with a train line, it is now seriously being considered at City Hall. Where will all that traffic go once the I-280 ends at 16th Street? With the relief valve that I-280 currently serves as handling the overflow from 101 between 280 and downtown, what will that do to traffic on 101, which is always backed up night and day? Think traffic on 19th Avenue is a nightmare right now? City bureaucrats are well at work planning to turn 2 of the 6 lanes into dedicated bus lanes. Just imagine what that will do to the flow of traffic on 19th Avenue. There was even the idea a few years back of charging a toll on 19th Avenue for cars using 19th to pass between Marin and San Mateo counties, but that idea was deemed to be too crazy—even for San Francisco.

Clearly transportation is an integral part of modern life, so please join us on April 10 to hear what our honored panelists have to say about improving getting around in the Bay Area. You may never think of transportation the same way again!


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