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California Bullet Train In Limbo After Legal Setbacks

The key is that the High Speed Rail is a Train to Nowhere. It starts where nobody wants to be and in segmentation goes to where nobody wants to go. It will never be anywhere self-sufficient in operating funds, never reach the promised speeds, never be built on budget, will never move the number of people proposed, will be outstripped by new technology long before the wheels turn and will be held up by lawsuit after lawsuit. And, will likely have the Federal Funds pulled before long as the Feds cut to the bone in their own pseudo reductions.

The entire plan is idiotic, based on lack of consideration for taxpayer money and political manipulation, as is usual in California.

April 12, 2014 at 9:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

California High-Speed Rail Allowed To Seize Parcels If Needed

I can't wait to see the look on Jerry Brown's face when the feds pull the rug out on this High Speed Rail to nowhere project. The last government shutdown, the word was that they were not going forward with funding for this debacle. If that happens, who will be left holding the bag? Yup, the taxpayers with another useless project dragged out for years, in a place that nobody really wants to be or go to, and will be ancient technology before the first wheel turns.

It it small wonder that California is the laughing stock of the nation?

Oh, wait, we don't have the environmental activists weighing in on the Delta Smelt yet. That should cause yet another great stir in the pot and help delay any useful water project a few hundred million dollars or more. They have already turned the fertile farmlands of the Central Valley into the Dust Bowl of the west with so many farmers and workers out of employment. Nothing will change that in the near future.

April 12, 2014 at 9:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Feds Eye Possible Issues After Deadly California Bus Crash

Many of our high speed highways in California lack center median barrier protection. This is common when you get into the northern part of I-5 from I believe Fresno County north, and is completely open along Highway 99 as well. The same is true along many other highways in the state, except for those in urban areas where extreely heavy traffic dictates "Jersey Rail" or similar concrete barrier protection. Even the old steel cable strung through the center median vegetation was better than nothing. (It caught a Camaro and sprung it back just before it crossed over from the northbound to the southbound lanes on I-5 right in front of me in San Diego some years ago) .

Imagine a contact speed of 140 miles per hour (I-5 has a 70 MPH speed limit in that area) and the damage has to be horrendous. Even at 55 the closing speed would be 110. Makes a crash almost unsurvivable and it was a miracle many of the young people on that bus survived.

What precludes center median barriers? Money and politicians. How many miles of barriers could have been installed had the money not been wasted on the High Speed Train to Nowhere project? The Federal Government and the State don't mandate protection until something so deadly occurs that they just can't shove their head in the sand any longer. They have managed to do the same on Highway 67 in San Diego County for years, but we haven't had a loss of this magnitude either. Just a few livs at a time.

Don't let this opportunity to make changes pass. While those who can make changes are shifting nervously, make them answer why money wasn't spent to protect people, and why a narrow strip of dirt and grass is okay instead of a substantial barrier on high speed roads! .

April 12, 2014 at 9 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is I-5 Expansion An Environmental Disaster?

Interestingly enough, CalTrans hasn't responded to questions I posed to them on the freeway expansion, concerning health and safety for humans.

If you actually read the documents they produced, at a cost of millions of dollars, they took more care in documenting protection of sub-species than the human race, in their quest to build this monstrosity.

In relatively recent years they built new overpasses to improve traffic flow, such as La Costa Avenue and Poinsettia Lane, and will now have to rebuild them completely as they are not wide enough. Talk about a waste of tax money? And those are only two places?

Imagine living close to this and the 24/7 noise factor, night lighting, dust, dirt and mess. Then, consider the soundwall. Although I live in a place where the soundwall is "recommended", it is also "not reasonable" as it exceeds budget. CalTrans wouldn't answer if that meant it would be built or not.

They talk about high speed rail. I remember a few years ago when it was proposed down the current rail corridor and flatly rejected, as there was insufficient room for a high speed rail line; the current trackage would not support high speed rail traffic. The only improvement would be to current rail bed as much as possible to support increased traffic and allow some increase of speed, but never true high speed rail. It was further indicated there could not be high speed rail without eliminating all street crossings, and the spacing between current rail lines and a proposed high speed line was grossly insufficient. What changed to make things look so rosy? Did our pockets get deeper? Or is someone inhaling deeper now?

August 20, 2010 at 9:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )