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In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. Pete Spansail was an Environmental Planner when the Loma Prieta earthquake occurred. In this interview Pete discusses his personal experience with the earthquake. On the evening when the earthquake occurred Pete was at the Oak Street Office and after it struck, he assisted others in finding supplies to gear up the command center. Pete otherwise didn't become involved with the recovery efforts, but he discusses the changes to the BART system that he observed as a daily commuter and the influx of new riders. He also makes suggestions for how Caltrans offices could be better equipped to handle future emergencies.
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