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Should California Move Forward With Plan To Build High-Speed Rail System?

Whoa nelly, sounds like someone is worked up about more than the high speed rail proposals...
I have been an observer of the proposed rail project since its inception, I attended one of the early public forums in Los Angeles. At that time, I was very encouraged to see a simple, straightforward working proposal to link Los Angeles to the SF Bay area, basically following the I5 corridor. Since then, this project has grown exponentially, and with all the political influence, has turned into a bloated "big government" project that tries to serve everyone, but ends up serving nobody. We have an extraordinary transit system within the state that serves most major areas, more than High speed rail would, very inexpensively - not taxpayer subsidized and is very efficient - southwest airlines. Also, Southwest is scaleable - more customers, more planes, no major investment into infrastructure! I know its not fancy, but they get you there, at a price that the rail proposal cant touch. We don't need a rail system that runs from Anaheim to Sacramento via Lancaster and Fresno, that takes 3 times as long to get you where you want to go for 10x the money, do we?? BTW, I am a lifelong rail advocate and train afficianado, but even a rail proponent can see this massive boondoggle for what it is, a politicians honeypot waiting to be pilferred - filled with billions of our dollars.

January 19, 2011 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )