TransForm's John Knox White says, for instance, that the OAC was supposed to have a top speed of 45 mph. Now it's about 27 mph. He added that over the years, its projected ridership and job-creation numbers have steadily declined.
Knox White said that what was once a system designed to "seamlessly" whisk an air traveler from the Coliseum Station to the airport terminal lobby is now a micro transit system that would take passengers only as far as the western end of the airport's hourly and short-term parking lot.
BART passengers, he says, would have to carry bags downstairs and across a busy intersection to enter the airport terminal.
He notes that the OAC's fares, once quite reasonable at $4 for a round-trip ticket in 2000, would now cost passengers $12.
"BART's attitude is, 'This is the project. We're going to build it no matter what the cost. We are done talking about it,' " Knox White said during a recent interview.
"I feel the society has groomed us to the allure and freedom of the car," said Andrea Tyler, outreach manager for TransForm. "But the auto is no longer living up to its expectations because of the adverse affects on our healty and our environment."
Although pleased with some elements of the plan, Chris Schildt, of the transportation advocacy group TransForm, is concerned about pedestrian safety. Parts of sidewalks where people walk to the station platform on Railroad Avenue are too narrow, poorly lit and not designed to scale, she said.
Schildt suggests the plan look at wider sidewalks and better lighting and design. The eBART station would have stairs and elevators on both sides of Railroad Avenue.
"There's still some room for improvement," Schildt said.
Here I am at the beginning of week 3 of the challenge feeling amazed at how little I've actually driven compared to the last 20+ years!
"I had issues about using cars to begin with," said the hybrid-car owner, who as a kid didn't think twice about walking to school or the store. "I'm excited to do this."
She jumped when she heard about the challenge sponsored by TransForm, an advocacy group hoping to send a message that there's a "critical mass" of people out there who don't want to sit in traffic and pollute and are willing to try something new... READ MORE AT http://www.sacbee.com/ourregion/story/1925614.html