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Caltrans, flush with funding from Metro, has started construction a major highway widening project on the SR-71 through Pomona. Currently, the 71 is a four lane expressway, but Caltrans is working to double capacity to eight lanes. In addition to the proven devastation highway widening projects have on the environment and health, this one comes with an even worse price tag: the destruction of homes in Pomona's Westmont neighborhood. Caltrans/Metro have already relocated more than a dozen households there - with devastating impacts - and are in the process of displacing the last two remaining families residing in homes targeted for demolition.
Oakland City Councilmember and vice-Mayor Rebecca Kaplan wants direct ferry service running between Oakland and locations in the North Bay, according to an open letter from her to the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority, which runs Oakland’s ferry services. A direct ferry service between Larkspur and Oakland would have transportation implications well beyond Oakland. Amtrak, with connections to the Central Valley, San Jose, and points south, is a nine minute walk from the ferry terminal in Oakland.
Streetsblog California has been bringing team coverage to the ongoing controversy surrounding funding for California High Speed Rail. As the state legislature dithers on releasing over $4 billion in funds for the project promised by voters in 2008, federal legislators have been working on securing more federal dollars for the project. Senators Alex Padilla and Diane Feinstein wrote to our state legislative leaders warning them that their obstructionism was endangering the state's largest green transportation project.
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