Sound off, Jan. 6, 2013
Transportation officials last week discussed potential future projects involving public-private partnerships.
Here are some comments on the article about the meeting:
- I haven’t been able to use the Fairfield Transit Center on Beck Avenue for months because it is always full. I drive to North Concord BART now and don’t even bother. Yes, it costs a lot more (gas, toll, etc.) but at least I can find a place to park in the morning. Fairfield doesn’t care, they just care about their shiny new train station. As far as the parking fee idea goes and the fear that it would drive people to surrounding businesses to park, what the heck do you think people are doing now? Please put in a fee. It would still not be as expensive as what I have to do now.
- Be sure to get some electric vehicle charging station manufacturers to put in 10 more electric vehicle charging stations in exchange for ad space on the wall. There are five stations at the courthouse, very progressive compared to other cities, and almost always full of Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts. Think ahead. There are not enough charging stations at the transportation center in Fairfield.
- The Solano Transportation Authority is big bankrupt government on steroids. You already have Caltrans. Despite your massive overspending and bloated government, the roads around here are never fixed and you can’t go anywhere without running into a traffic jam.
- Any public to private conversion should seriously try to offer the private jobs to the existing public employees having experience with the facility. Give them a fair chance instead of blaming government for everything. The politics of innovation is about making needed changes without just throwing everything out and starting with the new. Otherwise the fear of change is too strong and people won’t embrace innovation.