In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
BART officials met with members of the community this week to get their input regarding where future eBART stations might best serve the community. If additional stations are built east of the planned Hillcrest station, where would you like to see them and why?
I WOULD LIKE to see a station in Oakley with a big parking lot. This would make the daily commute to San Francisco that much easier and keep us off Highway 4.
EBART IS an inferior solution. East County politicians should hold out for real BART. I ride BART every day to San Francisco and it will be easier for me to drive to Pittsburg than to travel over two transit systems. East County gets the short end of the stick again.
IF EAST COUNTY gets eBART, so should the rest of the area such as San Jose and Livermore. A lot of citizens are mad about eBART.
Did they ask the residents about this eBART -- no, it was just put upon the citizens -- like it or not. If other cities want eBART then they have to pay for it just like the citizens of East Contra Costa. I am speaking for a lot of my friends and neighbors who agree with
DO NOT ALLOW eBART, which should actually be deBART because it is run by a diesel engine that makes noise and smoke. The taxpayers have paid for decades for real BART, and real BART is what we should get.
All transportation should be made so you can easily get off one form of transportation on to another.
Is Amtrak, (BART), buses, and the new ferry taken into consideration? I think you should just let the people who regularly answer e-view questions be on one of those smoke-and-mirror subcommittees and help run the city, unless of course someone might be scared that we will vote ourselves in as mayor. City council members need term limits. Why don't we ask Bart Simpson where they should go? I am sure he could have more influence.
TELL THEM TO keep their "e" stations and build our BART stations. How many decades do we have to wait while they build "e" stations and new stations and track to the South Bay? You look at Highway 4 and wonder what retard decided not to build the new BART tracks while they are already tearing up the freeway anyway.
ADDING AN eBART station at Laurel or Lone Tree makes sense. Both locations are convenient for western Antioch, all of Oakley, and northern Brentwood. Either location would be far more accessible for students going to a 110-acre community college near the eBART station than the currently planned 17-acre site at Trilogy at the southern end of Brentwood. A parking garage could be shared by the college and eBART, allowing the college more space for academic buildings.
This week's question:
For some years the city of Antioch has been subsidizing water for some nonprofits here, such as sports leagues and the Antioch Historical Society, but recently decided to stop doing so. The switch could cost the Youth Sports Complex $42,000 a year and $36,000 for the Babe Ruth fields, which officials say would force them to charge participants almost double. Do you think the city should keep up its longtime water subsidies? Why or why not?
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