|There will be no "MOBILITY" while there is
congestion and if "CHOICES" do not include the most cost effective and are
not prioritized on cost effectiveness
then we will be wasting the little money we have on ineffective projects. We cant afford to complete ALL the projects in the plan,
regardless, so we must pick the most cost effective at reducing congestion.
total cost of all of the projects in this plan is at least $1.5 billion
dollars. Existing revenue can cover only $367 million, leaving a gap of over
$1.1 billion over the next 25 years to make our vision a reality. It is
clear that we will not be able to move forward on all projects at once"
Also I cant believe I had to urge our leaders to put cost effectiveness
first in the Plan.
This must have been the way MTC used to plan 20+ years ago.
Since then they have been sued by the Sierra Club for NOT reducing air
pollution yet spending billions of dollars. And why did they not achieve the
air pollution requirements? Because they spent FAR too much on transit
solutions that did little to relieve the air polluting congestion that
plagues us to this day. They did not spend more of that money directly
addressing freeway and roadways which make so much more of a difference than
the many VERY expensive transit alternatives.
If these people will not take the time to learn the
mistakes that so many other governments have made in
the past then they will never spend our money to make the
difference we need. And history will continually repeat itself.
That men do not learn
very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the
lessons of history. - Aldous Huxley
frequently begets confidence than does knowledge" Charles Darwin.
I urge the voters to insist that our
leaders consult national experts on transportation (if they wont educate
themselves). The county's current consultants have concluded in the plan
with this statement "traditional
measures of things like cost-effectiveness are not appropriate".
Leaders, Talk to the MTC. Prioritize each project based on the most
cost-effective way of reducing congestion as the MTC have finally been
legally forced to do, today.
Leaders, Get the info you need to make educated decisions from the website
link above and from
Marin Transit Plan TRUTHS and links to reference sites.
Marin Congestion Management Agency (CMA)
Corte Madera Pat
County of Marin
Michael Di Giorgio
Marin Board of Supervisors
District 1 Supervisor Susan L. Adams
District 2 Supervisor Harold C. Brown Jr., 2nd Vice President
District 3 Supervisor Annette Rose, President
District 4 Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Vice President
District 5 Supervisor Cynthia L. Murray
Meanwhile they will try to put a Sales Tax of ½% on
the Nov 2003 ballot .
And concentrate on LOCAL transportation needs. (Leaving projects like SMART
rail out of it for now)
But which of these "local" projects will make any significant difference to
Here are the projects and
Notice how "Highway Interchanges" make such a difference to freeway
congestion relative to the LOCAL projects
Most LOCAL projects may have LITTLE EFFECT on congestion.
See how freeway "spillover" onto LOCAL streets may be
by far the biggest contributer to LOCAL congestion.