From Rebecca Saltzman at the Oakland Living blog.
As many of you know, I’ve been working since February to stop the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC), a half billion dollar BART project that will suck funding from the core BART system and other Bay Area transit projects. Our coalition of labor unions, transit advocates, and social justice advocates have showed up at every meeting, generated hundreds of emails and phone calls, and expressed our concerns about the project to the press. Still, BART has refused to listen to our requests to study a alternative, which could be built for a 10th of the cost of the OAC!
We’re nearing the end of our fight, as the Oakland Public Works Committee will be voting on the project , and the issue will likely go to full Council after that. Many Oakland councilmembers are very concerned about this project, but we need to show them that they have the support of the public in calling for a more cost effective bus alternative.
So I’m asking you to take 5 minutes to do the following:
- Visit http://oaklandairportconnector.com/sign-the-petition now and sign the petition.
- Send an email to your friends asking them to sign the petition.
- Post the link to Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or anywhere else you can think of to get the word out.
Your help will make a huge difference so please don’t delay!
And if you need one more reason why you should oppose the OAC, I have one: It’s even slower than we had initially thought!
In its RFP, issued in April, BART had set the minimum speed for the OAC at 35 miles per hour, which is already really slow, and significantly slower than the initially proposed 45 mph. But on July 31st, BART released an addendum to their RFP that sets the minimum speed even lower, at 27 mph!
Theon Hegenberger is 30 miles per hour, and while there are stop lights, at some points, traffic will be moving faster than the OAC. Then, on the airport road, the speed limit rises to 45 mph, which means that cars and buses will be speeding past the OAC. Even without considering the less seamless connection of the OAC (going upstairs at BART; going downstairs and across a parking lot at the airport), with these new lower speeds, I can’t imagine many scenarios in which the OAC would make the trip in less time than the current AirBART bus.
So if you don’t want our region to spend half a billion dollars for a slower trip to the airport, sign the petition and get all your friends to sign it too.
Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions about the project.
P.S. Thanks to those who have signed the petition, spoken at hearings, or contacted elected officials about this project!