Richmond Bridge 3rd Lane and Bike Path February 9, 2015





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Published on Feb 9, 2015

Steve Kinsey, Marin Supervisor, MTC president and TAM chairman; Katie Rice, Marin Supervisor, Diane Steinhauser, TAM Exec Director, Assembly member Marc Levine, Andrew Fremier, Bay Area Toll Authority and Bijan Sirapi Cal Trans Dist 4 speak on the Third Land for the Bay Bridge and Bike Path.

The whole project is estimated to cost $74 million dollars with the bike path costing $63 million dollars according to a FOIA request from MTC. Now the politicians are spinning much lower numbers . Steve Kinsey claimed the amount was $30 million for the bike path in Jan 2015 and tonight Diane Steinhauser ( starts 15:00) claims it is only $29 million dollars but says there are mystery costs that are no longer being accounted for. A movable traffic barrier is estimated to cost $90 million dollars alone but it is categorized as an unknown "contingency expense"

The four and a half mile bridge is the windiest in the Bay Area. It is not uncommon for tractor trailer trucks to tip over during gusty winds. As any motorcyclist can tell you, the Richmond Bridge is the most treacherous of all of the Bay Area Bridges. It is not uncommon to be blown into another lane of traffic.

Most bicyclists will NOT use this bridge because of the length and wind conditions.

An on demand shuttle service could be operated far more economically. In fact this was done years ago but discontinued due to lack of demand. Bicyclists can now board a bus with bike racks on a hourly basis.

This is perhaps one of the most foolish and indulgent waste of taxpayers funds ever. Steve Kinsey, Katie Rice, Mark Levine should stop the bike path and demand a lane expansion immediately. Do they just not get it?


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