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How Facebook cash could revive the long-defunct Dumbarton railway

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Eli Wirtschafter
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KALW
The Dumbarton Bridge carries over 70,000 vehicles a day. A rail line running next to it has been dormant since 1982.

Every day, the Dumbarton Bridge is choked with tech workers commuting from the East Bay to Silicon Valley. Next to the bridge is a rail line that’s been defunct for almost 40 years. Now, that rail crossing could be rebuilt for commuters. And Facebook might pay to make it happen.

"It would be for the public, not just Facebook employees. But Facebook will have a pretty large influence on how it's built and who it serves."

Find more information on the Dumbarton rail bridge project here.

Eli is the Program Director for KALW's project in state prisons. We teach incarcerated people how to record and edit audio stories, and air them as part of the series Uncuffed.