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Pelosi Praises High-Speed Rail Funding

JeanMarc, if you're already in downtown Los Angeles, why would you need to drive to Union Station?

And if our nation's Acela Express high speed rail line doesn't have security, why would California's high speed rail need it?

There are numerous buses and trains that go between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and for a family it's cheaper to drive than to fly. So it would be interesting to see the numbers, if you have them, that support your claim that more people fly that route than take ground transportation.

In any case, as long as California's population keeps increasing, either the price of airline tickets will increase faster than inflation or we're going to have to increase capacity at the airports. As the numbers I've provided above show, that won't be cheap.

June 18, 2014 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pelosi Praises High-Speed Rail Funding

JeanMarc, of course you'll fly from San Diego. But from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco, why would anybody drive 30-45 minutes to the airport, be there an hour before the flight to check their luggage and go through security, spend an hour and 15 minutes on the flight, spend another 30 minutes deboarding and retrieving luggage, and then another 30-45 minutes getting to downtown San Francisco (total time: 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours 15 minutes) when they could instead spend 2 hours 40 minutes on a train?

June 18, 2014 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pelosi Praises High-Speed Rail Funding

That makes sense. To prevent traffic congestion from increasing without spending the money to widen freeways, all we have to do is set the price of using those freeways at the point where the number of people who want to drive on them equals the amount of space on the freeway. In the same way, auction prices are set just high enough that the number of people who still want the item equals the number of items available.

June 17, 2014 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pelosi Praises High-Speed Rail Funding

So you're saying that $68.4 billion is a waste of money when $158 billion can do the same job.

June 17, 2014 at 5:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pelosi Praises High-Speed Rail Funding

Not building the high-speed rail system would have been far, far more lucrative to the construction industry, because $68.4 billion spent on HSR will move the same number of people as 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.

June 17, 2014 at 4:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )