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Powerful Political Voices Call for Another Bay Area Bridge

U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein is leading calls for the so-called Southern Crossing—a bridge that would connect San Francisco and the East Bay somewhere south of the Bay Bridge.
December 10, 2017, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Sen. Dianne Feinstein renewed her call Wednesday for a so-called Southern Crossing — a new east-west transbay bridge somewhere south of the always-congested Bay Bridge," reports Michael Cabanatuan.

The argument was laid out in a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, signed by Senator Feinstein and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. "The letter chastised the commission for not moving forward on a new transbay span. Its authors said it would relieve Bay Bridge congestion, and that it should be funded by Regional Measure 3, a ballot measure — written, but not yet scheduled," according to Cabanatuan.

Senator Feinstein has been pushing the idea since 2000, but the idea has been around since the 1940s. The article includes more details about the political and funding challenges a Southern Crossing would have to overcome to see fruition.

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Published on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in SFGate
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