Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Some Things Never Change...

San Francisco's Prop 1 back in the day. The Subway under Market happened eventually, but sure cost a lot more. It certainly was worth it.



Now Prop 5 from the time sounds awfully familiar as well. Ripping out all those tracks sure did help traffic in San Francisco.

H/T AD

7 comments:

EMS said...

I love this! I am a light rail operator in Portland, Oregon, and have a blog where I look at my job from my cab.

http://pdxtrains.blogspot.com/

I am making a link to your blog - this is interesting, and fun to watch. Good work! I need to get down to San Fransisco again and ride the cable car again...

Chris "Freefall" Sanderson said...

I am meeting with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to talk about calming Market Street through vehicle reduction or outright elimination. I have shared his video with a few others from the coalition.

Red Shoes said...

"Bridge trains"? Wow!

arcady said...

Yes, trains did run over the Bay Bridge at one point, from the Transbay Terminal and out into the East Bay. Some of AC Transit's lettered bus lines were actually substitute bus service for the bridge trains.

Nick said...

I like the Video in general, except for the last part, which is about removing electric rail for diesel buses.

Jason said...

Transit Man is the only superhero I know of who uses overhead trolley wires. He uses his cute antennae to latch onto the wires and zip along spitting sparks. Transit Man also uses the antennae to tune into the 36+ transit service providers' radio communications in order to know when there's a transit emergency!

Check www.transitman.com

Jason said...

Fascinating propaganda film!

Particularly the part about how buses are so great and so "noiseless" and how people prefer them ("look at the empty streetcar").

Try to convince anyone of that today. However, San Francisco is VERY lucky to have trolleybuses, which are the most energy efficient rubber-tired land-based mass transport and really are quieter, plus they don't pollute in the city and can run on renewable energy.

Who would like to make a modern day transit propaganda film for a petroleum free, healthier city? That would be fun and I bet Transit Man would come to be part of it.

Any takers? Let me know! :)