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San Diegans Invited To Give Input On Statewide Rail

Aired 2/19/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Komi Ajise, Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs, California Department of Transportation

Transcript

San Diegans will have a say in the future of California's rail system. Transporation officials are holding an open house for San Diegans to review their statewide rail plan and give their input. It includes improvments to the rail system and readies it for high-speed rail.

Caltrans reports passenger ridership is up 56 percent since 2002.The CSRP is over 340 pages and covers passenger and freight service along the state's rails.

CSRP Open House

The CSRP open house comes to San Diego

February 19, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Caltrans District 11 San Diego Office Building, 1st Floor Conference Room

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | February 19, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Here is the input from San Diego, and you "officials" better listen to us LOUD and CLEAR:

If you are going to use the tax money of San Diegans in this project, which I support by the way, then you better INCLUDE us in it.

And not in some "later phase" that you probably won't ever get to for over a century.

I want the SD-LA line included in the FIRST phase, otherwise, DON'T INCLUSE TAX MONEY FROM PEOPLE IN SD COUNTY UNTIL IT'S OUR TURN TO HAVE HSR!!

The reason I am so mad about this is because they sold the plan to us as the SD-LA route being one of the first to be built.

Then, they moved us out to some later phase that probably won't ever be built in favor of the LA-SF route.

All I'm sayin is that if you plan on starting with the LA-SF route and moving the SD-SF route to a later phase, then don't use a penny of tax money from anyone in San Diego County to do it.

What's fair is fair, and for too long SD gets the shaft up in Sacramento because LA and SF are so much larger and have more powerful special interests.

I am a supporter of HSR.

I voted yes on it, and I think it's an important long-term investment in our infrastructure and necessary to keep America up to date as the rest of the world modernizes as well.

But I am not going to support my tax dollars doing to such an expensive project unless the city in which I live is actually going to receive some of what I am paying for.

I hope you people got the message because I was pretty teed-off when I saw the SD-LA route pushed aside!!

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 19, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

I realize my post above was a bit of an incoherent rant, so let me clarify:

San Diegans should NOT have to pay for an LA-SF HSR line.

Our tax money should only be used for this project if and when the LA-SD line is built.

If the SD-LA line is being pushed-out to a later phase, then tax money from San Diego should not be used until that phase begins.

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