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  •  State seems to be key? (2+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, spacecadet1

    I assume the state helps to fund all or most of the various Bay Area agencies.

    The state should dissolve them and merge them into one agency. Or withhold state $ until they draft a unified plan.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 08:41:18 AM PDT

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    •  I said this above. (2+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, spacecadet1

      BA has 7.5 million people. it's of a vital state interest to keep traffic and transit conditions orderly and reasonable.  The amount of natural resources used in the process everyday and the infrastructure risks seen with Loma Prieta are only some of the evidence.

      Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change -- George Monbiot.

      by Nulwee on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 09:51:24 AM PDT

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    •  Yes but, the State *doesn't* provide much (2+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, Mimikatz

      funding. It's always inadequate at best and totally missing at worst. Others would know the details- it would be instructive to look at the funding mix for every one of the various agencies, in % and total $ amts:

      Local (whatever the locality is)
      Ridership fares

      This is exactly the sort of information that should be easily available somewhere, and maybe it is but I don't know where.

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