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Faulconer Focuses On Infrastructure, Public Safety In 1st Budget Proposal

Why do we need more paved roads? I doubt any road in San Diego achieves even a third of its maximum daily capacity.

April 14, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New Calif. Law Adds 3-Foot Protection For Cyclists But Will It Make San Diego Roads Safe Enough?

Commus, if gas taxes pay for the roads, how do you explain the TransNet sales tax that helps build our freeways?

February 4, 2014 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse Mourn Loss Of Crew Member After Hit-And-Run Accident

How do the police know the collision was accidental if they haven't yet interviewed the Cadillac driver?

February 1, 2014 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown: California Comes Back But Challenged By Drought

JeanMarc, if high speed rail fares were set at 83% of airfares as planned, and if you didn't have to be at the station an hour early to go through security, and if you could use all of your electronics (including cell phone) throughout the whole trip, and if the seats were roomier than cattle class airline seats, then why wouldn't you want to take high speed rail?

January 22, 2014 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown: California Comes Back But Challenged By Drought

"[T]he $68 billion high-speed rail project...has lost much of its public support."

Please support that statement with evidence that doesn't involve any push polls. Good luck!

January 22, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

California Bullet Train In Limbo After Legal Setbacks

@Peking_Duck_SD, the fiscally optimal amount of traffic congestion on an unpriced freeway is not zero congestion, it's the amount where the cost of that congestion equals the cost of adding capacity. Therefore, according to marginal costs and marginal revenues, it may well be that it's cheaper overall to allow the freeways to reach maximum capacity before we begin the process of adding capacity.

@Alex_Grebenshchikov, thanks, I found that document just the other day.

January 2, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

California Bullet Train In Limbo After Legal Setbacks

@Alex_Grebenshchikov "Derek, are our roads, airports and current rail lines totally maxed out right now?"

Take a look at Table 1 in the following document, and notice that maximum lane flow occurs at Level of Service "E" which is a capacity of 2,200 vehicles per lane per hour and a speed of 30-45 mph:

SANDAG is planning to widen the I-5, but is it running at 30-45 mph 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is it carrying 52,800 vehicles per lane per day? If not, then it isn't totally maxed out.

I agree that high speed rail doesn't need to be built until the freeways are totally maxed out, at least at Level of Service "C", but it's impossible to achieve any desired Level of Service 24 hours a day without variable express tolls to manage demand.

So if you oppose high speed rail because the alternatives aren't totally maxed out, then are you in favor of tolling all freeway lanes in order to maximize freeway efficiency?

January 2, 2014 at 1:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

California Bullet Train In Limbo After Legal Setbacks

JeanMarc, the alternative to spending $68.4 billion on high speed rail is spending $119.0 billion for 4,295 new lane-miles of highway, plus $38.6 billion for 115 new airport gates and 4 new runways, for a total estimated cost of $158 billion, just to move the same number of people.

Therefore, anyone who can do basic math is in favor of high speed rail.

January 2, 2014 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Council Considers Raising Fees On Developers

I agree, JeanMarc. The fee is just a way to shift costs from employers to developers.

November 4, 2013 at 2:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

4 Facts About California's High-Speed Rail Plan

There are currently plans to link the system to San Diego in Phase 2, but the timetable has not yet been set. San Diego benefits from Prop 1A through track upgrades along the LOSSAN corridor (Metrolink/Coaster/Pacific Surfliner).

October 20, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )