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High Speed Rail Needs to Slow Down

Uploaded: Aug 27, 2009
I am not crazy about litigation and courts getting involved in matters of public policy, unless it is necessary.

The law not on the books is the law of unintended consequences, which no court can effectively pass muster.

I have had serious misgivings about the concept of HSR between Nocal and Socal, and voted against it last fall, and have weighed in accordingly.

From what I perceive, there is too much hubris by the folks in charge of the HSR, and they "pretend" to listen, but have their game book lock and loaded. Full speed ahead.

From what I perceive, cities with neighborhoods up and down the Peninsula do not have a clear idea of what HSR really means for them, if there are benefits, and if there are not, what offsets the lack of benefits for others in this idea.

I think it is folly for HSR to go beyond San Jose all the way to San Francisco. Way too complicated and way too expensive. More importantly, the benefits are not clearly articulated.

How about you HSR guys grab the low hanging fruit and get a connection to points South from San Jose? You are expending a great deal of your time against a formidable group of folks and I am not sure it attends what you believe to be the greatest public benefit of this concept.
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of ,
on Aug 28, 2009 at 5:52 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

If you mean a staged approach, I concur. HSR could be a goal, but the steps leading to it should be independently pursued. My desire for an elimination of grade crossings and for electrification should not be hostage to a route dispute somewhere else.


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