Newsom announces transportation plans
after MacArthur Maze collapse
Mayor Gavin Newsom is joined by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums at the site of the destroyed section
of the MacArthur Maze freeway interchange system.
By Elizabeth Daley
April 30, 2007
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced he will be working
with city and regional transit officials to ensure transportation
needs of the region are met, following a fiery
crash that collapsed 250 yards of the MacArthur Maze approaching
the San Francisco Bay Bridge Sunday morning.
Newsom reported officials from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation
Agency and the San Francisco Police Department will be working
together through a Department of Operations Center that has been
activated to monitor traffic and deploy resources as needed.
Newsom said assistance may include parking control officers and
police officers to assist with access and egress on the San Francisco
Newsom reported that tonight, steps will be taken to promote
additional casual carpool arrangements that will leave from Beale
Street between Folsom and Howard streets.
Today and throughout the week, Newsom reported the city would
support local transit agencies with extra vehicles and staff.
As part of the emergency
declaration, the state will reimburse
the 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 today.
However, the economic impact the collapse may have on the city
of San Francisco is not yet known.
"This accident will cause some inconvenience, but I want
to make it clear that we will do everything we can to ensure that
San Francisco's civic, business and cultural institutions continue
to operate without interruption. We have systems in place to prepare
for challenges such as this and these systems are responding to
the situation at hand efficiently and smoothly," Newsom said
in a statement.
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