Posted by Parent, a resident of the Charleston Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Its really important right now that those that oppose HSR here need to reach out and make the serious concerns we have here, known to the republican leadership in Washington. Loud and often. They need to really understand the HSR debacle that is happening here now.
Because the other states are turning down HSR money now, and the California HSR lobby is jumping all over the nationwide sentiment against HSR to try to get that additional funding pointed over here. The nationwide rejection of HSR is going to turn very UGLY very fast for us here in California unless we let the national republicans know that WE DO NOT WANT THE MONEY HERE EITHER. This is not tru HSR! This is Caltrain on steriods speed HSR, that will run through neighborhoods, through school yards, and will be forced to slow down (or devastate) through hundreds of small towns - and WE DONT AGREE. WE don't support it, they are doing it wrong. They are damaging property owners and tax payers. They are mismanaging the project on every front, they are ignoring the laws, they are lying about benefits, revenues riderships and costs, and WE DON"T WANT IT EITHER! WE have to make this known. Otherwise, Washington thinks that California is the only 'true hsr' and our HSR foamers are all too happy to try to nab all that funding that the republican governors are starting to reject elsewhere.
Posted by Alex Panelli, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:58 am
I wish that the Rail Authority would restrict its efforts to securing the necessary rights-of-way for HSR, much like the way toll roads have been built along the East Coast.
Generally, those toll roads are built on public owned rights-of-way, but are built and operated by private companies for some set number of years (based on the economics), and then are turned back over to the public.
I would feel much better about this approach, because it would (1) ensure that the economic model is viable (no private company would entertain the business unless they could profit) and (2) it would ensure that the taxpayers are not on the hook for perpetual subsidies/cost overruns, etc.
Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Dec 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm Paul Losch is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Nice to know you are reading my blogs from time to time.
My biggest objection to HSR is at the policy level--transportation funds are put to better use developing more local transit capabilities to get people from home to work or school, and reduce as much as possible auto trips. HSR serves far fewer travelers and does nothing to ameliorate the majority of trips, which are local.