Title

COOPERATION MARKS POST-EARTHQUAKE TRANSIT EFFORTS

Authors

L D. Dahms

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1991

Subject Area

operations - coordination, land use - planning, ridership - commuting, ridership - commuting, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Workshops, Transportation planning, Transit, Seminars, San Francisco (California), Ridesharing, Public transit, Mass transit, Local transit, Emergency services, Earthquakes, Disasters and emergency operations, Coordination, Commuting

Abstract

The article describes how because the 9-county San Francisco Bay Area had made the necessary investments over the years, transit systems were already in place, ready to carry patrons diverted from the damaged road system. Because mechanisms for coordination of transit services were well developed, emergency plans to keep the area mobile despite the highway losses were quickly implemented. The solving of the problem of transportation across the Bay is described: adding cars to trains, additional parking spaces, and a 24-hour service by BART. Efforts to increase ridesharing and other commuting alternatives is described. Efforts to determine the best combination of long-term emergency services to address the ongoing disruption is also described. Workshops have been held in the first 6 months of 1990 to assess the lessons learned from the earthquake and to plan and prepare for future disasters.