RAPID TRANSIT AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST: A CASE STUDY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA

The original BART system was developed to encourage land development, but advertised to the public as a means of reducing auto congestion. During the construction of BART, its administration has been unable to successfully control costs or respond effectively to criticism or to local concerns. The methods used to subsidize BART (sales and property tax) are considered to be among the most regressive taxes. BART expansion on the Peninsula was conceived in order to facilitaate BART extension to the San Francisco Airport. While serious questions remain to be answered before BART is extended to the airport, even more problems exist in the current plan to extend BART to Palo Alto. The San Mateo County Transit Development Project which studied transit improvements on the Peninsula eliminated the possibility of exploring options other than BART extension and then failed in its attempts to involve citizen participation. The resulting plan was developed to maximize its development potential, which would result in the destruction of low-income housing and small businesses along the system's path. New development would reverse a zero population growth trend in San Mateo county. The cost of BART in San Mateo county is not only underestimated, but cannot be met even given the most optimistic predictions of federal assistance. BART expansion to Palo Alto could not be completed before 1984. Present plans would result in abandonment of Southern Pacific service south of BART, thereby reducing transit service in Santa Clara County.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford University

    Workshops on Political and Social Issues
    Stanford, CA  USA  94305
  • Authors:
    • Lewin, G
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Pagination: 78 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM