The Mentality of the 1950's Survives in San Mateo County 




According to the Peninsula Daily Journal (June 18, 2015), San Mateo County officials are responding to Highway 101 freeway congestion by adopting the time-honored Caltrans approach. Ever since its inception in 1958 Caltrans has responded to freeway congestion by expanding the freeway. And we all know how well that's worked. Yet it appears that at least some of San Mateo County's politicians would be satisfied with more of the same. Under consideration are adding toll lanes, HOT lanes and carpool lanes. Whatever the moniker, an expanded freeway is an expanded freeway. After decades of watching expanded freeways return to their old level of congestion in a relatively short amount of time, you'd think they'd learn. If one is trapped in a hole, digging it deeper doesn't really help very much.

Are there better options available? Of course.

For starters there's Caltrain. It needs to be beefed up, electrified and extended into downtown San Francisco. Thanks in part to years of neglect and lack of support on the part of San Mateo County and regional officials, these two vital Caltrain improvement projects have been languishing for the lack of funding. There needs to be a full court press to being Caltrain to its full potential!The privately-operated Hi-Tech buses were put into operation by various Hi-tech companies to compensate for the grossly inadequate transit services available to their employees. More could be done to make SanTrans buses and shuttle buses more useful to more people and less disruptive to neighborhoods and regular transit service.