Letter: Editorial on transportation czar didn’t go far enough

Editorial on transportation
czar didn’t go far enough

An East Bay Times’ editorial titled “Good riddance to transportation czar for the Bay Area” (July 27), referred to Steve Heminger, the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, who recently announced his retirement.

The editorial said, “The region’s freeways are gridlocked. Public transit systems are in disarray. Commute times continue to increase.” MTC has wasted untold amounts of money that could have been used to ease congestion problems. Instead it doled out money for politically popular projects with no long-range strategy.

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The MTC’s Plan Bay Area seems nothing more than a glossy PR piece, not a strategy. But the 18-member commission is guilty too. They let him get away with this.

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I guess we shouldn’t expect anything different. After all, they are primarily politicians from the cities and counties. The editorial didn’t go far enough – it didn’t recommend the elimination of MTC. Can we ever see effective strategy from this commission? I say no; it’s run by politicians

Ken Hambrick
Walnut Creek

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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