Transportation innovations in Oakland

Every major metro area in the United States has some form of public transportation, whether it is a subway system like the T service in Boston or the trolley cars that dot the streets of San Francisco. The homes for sale in Oakland have access to buses, ferries and trains that take residents across the San Francisco Bay, but recently, innovative new transportation services have launched in the region.

MegaBus coming to California
MegaBus is already a popular bus line on the East Coast because it offers fares as low as $1 to those who purchase tickets in advance. Mercury News reported that the company is now extending into the Golden State, and it plans to offer routes in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland.

"We are providing state-of-the-art double-decker buses, with Wi-Fi on board, electric outlets, heating, air conditioning," said Mike Alvich, vice president of Megabus, according to the news source. "The Wi-Fi access is a way for Megabus to cater to younger professionals who might want to travel within California yet don't want to drive and like to stay connected through their social networks."

The Bay Area buses will go to-and-from Los Angeles, while other buses in Sacramento are planned to connect with Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas. The service from Oakland will launch on December 12, 2012, according to the news source, and customers will be able to secure special $1 fares during the first week of operation. If you live in Oakland and want to take a cheap trip to Los Angeles, head over to 1451 7th Street to board a Mega Bus.

Alameda County residents veto transportation tax increase - for now
The national election was hotly contested in a few swing states, and the same can be said of a proposed transportation sales tax increase in Alameda County, reports the Contra Costa Times. Oakland, which is located within the county, would be subject to the effects of the initiative.

Measure B1 would have doubled the current half-cent tax to raised $8 billion over 30 years, but the proposition failed by an incredibly narrow 0.14 percent. It required two-thirds of the populace to garner approval, but in the November election, only 66.53 percent of participants supported it, according to the source.

However, the Alameda County Transportation Commission stated that it would be diverting funds toward a recount, so if you have just purchased a home in Oakland, don't count your chickens just yet.