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HSR agrrement blocks CalTrain from expanding

Original post made by Craig Laughton on Dec 16, 2013

In today's Daily Post, the headline reported on the inability of CalTrain to increase the number of train trips to meet increased demand. On the one hand, this is great news, because it demonstrates that so many more people are eager to use CalTrain; on the other hand, it shows how the vote to approve HSR was a disaster. Our city council has learned, the hard way, about unintended consequences. They were so eager to sign on with the climate warming alarmists....

What a mess!

Comments (5)

Posted by Too expensive for CA, a resident of Southgate
on Dec 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Apparently, the state of CA, if it cannot take out more loans, can only afford to build the HSR as far as Salinas, and no farther.

Posted by southbayresident, a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm


considering your dismissive reference to "climate warming alarmists" (your exact words) I seriously question your credibility on this subject.

Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

>Apparently, the state of CA, if it cannot take out more loans, can only afford to build the HSR as far as Salinas, and no farther.

HSR will not come through is planned to come over the Pacheco Pass by Gilroy, then up to San Jose, then up the SF Peninsula. I take your point that the state des not, at this point, have enough funds to complete the project. However, it has already signed the deal with CalTrain.

The point of my thread is that Palo Alto CC voted for this turkey, blindly, in order to decrease global warming. Now it has to face the consequences. CalTrain is a very good public transportation system, perhaps a bit dated, but still very good. The HSR agreement between HSR and CalTrain now forces CalTrain to limit its trains...when it should be allowed to expand them, in order to increase ridership and decrease CO2 emissions, as well as to decrease traffic into PA.

What a mess!

Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

>considering your dismissive reference to "climate warming alarmists"

I don't know how else to describe them. Remember, they switched off of 'climate warming' to 'climate change', when the evidence of climate warming was melting. However, this thread is not about the climate warming debate (please take it somewhere else) is, partly, about how such themes caused our state and local politicians and citizens to buy into the HSR concept. The irony is that the climate warming alarmists have caused the conditions for more CO2 emissions on the Peninsula, by suppressing CalTrain expansion.

What a mess!

Posted by Betty, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

SBR-- I seriously doubt Craig's credibility on any subject. On another thread he is using 7+ year old conversations to make claims about parking in Davis.

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