60 years ago
State gas tax financing proposed for county rapid transit system: H.L. Cummings of Crockett, chairman of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, has requested the Collier Legislative Highway Committee to explore the possibility of financing Bay Area Rapid Transit systems from state gasoline tax funds. Cummings also urged the committee to study the possibility of use of highways as routes for monorail systems to cut construction costs to a minimum by eliminating right-of-way acquisitions and providing good structural foundations.
Cummings, a member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission, is charged with mass transportation studies in nine counties. The thoughts he has submitted to the Committee were generated by him from a recent Martinez meeting of Transit Commission personnel and engineers and Contra Costa Development Association officials.
Cummings told the Collier Committee that traffic experts report freeways' capacity per lane is 2,000 passengers per hour maximum and that rapid transit can accommodate 40,000 vehicles per hour. He said that it is conceivable that monorails, constructed along state highway routes in the Bay Area might make some present highways adequate for years to come.
25 years ago
Supes take aim at road violence: The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors recently approved an emergency order aimed at
The order, introduced by chairwoman Sunne McPeak, designates a reward of at least $10,000 for anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of person (s) committing acts of violence with guns or other deadly weapons on freeways and highways within Contra Costa County.
"Although Contra Costa has been fortunate, to date, not to experience the epidemic of freeway shootings and traffic violence occurring in Southern California, it is wise to take action to prevent such dangerous and deadly behavior," McPeak said.
-- Brentwood News files