Jack Kulp

There were really trains up there?

This morning's trivia on KOIT:

Q:  What year did trains stop traveling on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge?

A: in 1958. The train cost about a nickle to go from SF to the East Bay, with one stop on Treasure Island. More room was needed on the bridge for car traffic. Besides, the BART District was formed in 1957, so the writing was on the wall.

Speaking of bridges, the GG Bridge has abandoned plans to offer "Adventure Tours" of the span. For 200 bucks you would have been given the opportunity to take an elevator to the top of one of the towers, or explore the the bridge's  underbelly. The district figured it could raise about 9 million a year,  which would help close a deficit that's been estimated to be 132 million over the next five years. They say that there's too much going on on the bridge to allow civilians to be sniffing around. Constant retrofitting, for example. And they're ALWAYS painting the darn thing. I went to the top about twenty years ago. back when my hair was brown. Here are the pix:

04/05/2010 2:51PM
There were really trains up there?
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