Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Travellin' Car-Free

The Western Political Science Association's annual conference is in San Francisco this year, so I'm heading up there for a bit of conference and a bit of vacation. As is our custom, the wife and I are travelling car-free: we got up this morning, caught the 16 to the Metrolink station, and grabbed Amtrak California bus #5415 to Bakersfield. In Bakersfield, we caught Amtrak San Joaquins #715, and I'm posting this as I watch dairy farms and fruit trees slip away out the window. When we arrive in Richmond, CA, we'll simply walk over to the BART platform and use the discount BART tickets Amtrak sells on board to get to our hotel in San Francisco. No driving, no traffic, no long stretches of that uniquely dull extended concentration that is a drive up the Interstate- and no $35/day parking fees. Also, I get to bring my bike along for free!

You can expect a wrap-up of the transit mecca that is the Bay Area sometime early next week.

2 comments:

k said...

These billionaires may not be car free, but this item http://finance.yahoo.com/retirement/article/109243/five-billionaires-who-live-below-their-means?mod=retire-planning lists 5 billionaires, at least two of which ride the bus or public transit.

Excerpts

Billionaire Ingvar Kamprad of Sweden '"Ikea people do not drive flashy cars or stay at luxury hotels." That goes for the founder as well. He flies coach for business and when he needs to get around town locally he either takes the bus or will head out in his 15-year-old Volvo 240 GL."

United States Billionaire Chuck Feeney "A frequent user of public transportation, Mr. Feeney flies economy class, buys clothes from retail stores, and does not wast money on an extensive shoes closet, stating "you can only wear one pair of shoes at a time"".

Matthew said...

The Perris Valley Line Draft EIR is up on their website: http://www.perrisvalleyline.info/pdf/draft_eir_20100405.pdf

The most important change to previous documents is that there is no planned station at UCR. Instead, they propose a station in the Hunter Park area. Good to see that a project still exists, despite some delays, bad that the county's major research university won't be getting a station due to complaints from area NIMBYs.