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SRD letter: SMART Option plus another crash
Sunday 24 Aug 2008, 10:28
Filed under: Marin, Railroad, SMART, Sonoma

SMART option

EDITOR: Another accident, another freeway closure. You have to ask yourself, how many times does this have to happen for people to rise up and say enough? There has to be an alternative to the freeway. When it comes to reliability, the freeway doesn’t provide it. If you want to go to San Rafael from Novato, you don’t know whether it will be 15 minutes or an hour and 15 minutes. You don’t know if an accident will close all of the lanes or just enough to back up traffic for hours.

We need the passenger train that Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit would provide. A train gives us an alternative. An alternative to only one great gray vein of freeway. An alternative to being stranded and at the whims of careless drivers. An alternative to paying more than $4 per gallon for gas.

Come on people. Let’s give one another some choices. I urge you to make the very small investment in a transportation alternative that could mean a world of difference to each and every resident of Marin County. Please vote in favor of the SMART ballot measure this November.

DAVID PORTER

Novato

Lane merger on Highway 101 triggers rollover Reminds me, I love traffic.

Staff Report
Article Launched: 08/23/2008 08:33:57 PM PDT

Traffic was backed up for miles Saturday afternoon as a vehicle rollover closed two southbound lanes of Highway 101 in Corte Madera.

A woman was taken to Marin General Hospital with minor injuries after her late-model Toyota SUV flipped twice after she bumped another vehicle at about 3:40 p.m. while merging just north of the East Blithedale offramp. Two lanes were closed for about an hour.

“Traffic was messed up for a long time,” said Pete Davis, battalion chief with Corte Madera Fire Department.

Davis said airbag deployment was “one of the reasons why this lady did so well.

“The roof got crushed down on that car.”

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