Schwarzenegger pledges $2.5 million
for free rides on public transportation
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is joined by Oakland Mayor Ron
Dellums and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at the site of the
destroyed section of the MacArthur Maze freeway interchange system.
Schwarzenegger announced $2.5 million will be made available for
free rides on public transportation.
By Lara Moscrip
April 30, 2007
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the destroyed section
of highway in Oakland's MacArthur Maze late yesterday evening
and pledged that the state of emergency declared today in Alameda,
Contra Costa and San Francisco counties will be used to cut red
tape in order to get traffic flowing again.
As part of the emergency declaration, the state will reimburse
local public transportation agencies, including Bay Area Rapid
Transit, AC Transit, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the $2.5 million
it will cost to give rides away for free on Monday.
Schwarzenegger also praised the work of a local wreckage company
that has already started to take parts of the destroyed roadway.
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said that once a thorough analysis
of the situation is in place, a plan will go forward with the
goals of safety and efficiency in mind.
"We're all in one in being grateful that no human life was
lost in this situation," he said.
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums
Dellums said that as of now, people will need to seek other ways
to get to work, find carpools and use public transportation. "Our
hope is people will be patient, that they'll deal with each other
with dignity and patience," he said.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom also spoke and said that local
and state authorities can do as well or better in repairing the
current devastation as the quick rebuilding of bridges and roads
that occurred following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
However, he said that it's going to be a difficult time for the
upcoming days, weeks and even months.
As an example of progress, Newsom noted that while there is normally
only one ferry making 13 trips between Alameda, Oakland and San
Francisco, on Monday there will be 4 ferries making 52 total roundtrips
during peak commute hours. Muni, which normally runs 70 lines
at peak commute time, will run 79 lines on Monday.
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