Not only are passengers being held hostage by BART, the possible double whammy of a bus strike makes East Bay commuters and the public at large mindful of why good public transit affects everyone including those who do not use it for their commute.
Here on the Peninsula only those who need to get to San Francisco or the East Bay may feel the affects personally, but the repercussions could start to be felt if a possible strike continues longer than a day or two. As the freeways and roadways get gridlocked by more cars on the road we will see deliveries being delayed as well as appointments being canceled due to doctors not being able to get to work on time and teachers not being in our kids' classrooms.
We do not need to wait until a hypothetical Caltrain strike coupled with a VTA strike to realize that havoc would ensue on the Peninsula/South Bay would have similar catastrophic concerns to our everyday lives.
The real problem is that Bay Area transportation is crucial and unless funding and functioning improves we are not going to survive with what we have at present.
We desperately need a Transportation oversight that coordinates all forms of public transit, Caltrain, BART, MUNI, VTA, Ferries rather than the agency by agency system piecemeal situation we have. We also need to secure funding that can be allocated to the system as a whole rather than different agencies. A gas tax is one method which could be considered. Cutting down on separate administration at the various agencies would be another saving.
We need to be ready for the future. We need to learn from this possible strike. We must get Bay Area Mass Transportation up and running and make it work. The consequences if we don't aren't worth thinking about.
What should the possibilities of BART striking teach us in the Bay Area?
Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2013