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High-speed rail boosters promise 'blended' transportation system

Original post made on Mar 16, 2012

A lower price tag, fewer tracks and a fresh commitment to fund rail improvements in north and south California are among the features that the California High-Speed Rail Authority plans to unveil in its revised business plan.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 16, 2012, 9:52 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Will, a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Nice to know they support it then they should create a new plan sign it and allow independent cost benefit analysis before we proceed. Otherwise it just smacks of bait and switch. They won't do a new plan though and just as before will styfull independent scrutiny because the numbers still won't work without the aid of accounting hyperinflation of ridership and jobs. They will never allow anything to impede this train from crashing through regardless of its social costs, too much profit for too few people. By the way has anyone looked into how much Feinstein and Pelosi may make on this deal through their husbands investments? Think Russell Ranch the long delayed and incomplete disclosure, you may be supprised.


Posted by Mom of 3, a resident of Danville
on Mar 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm

What a complete SCAM.


Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2012 at 8:13 am

Blended?? Yes, they should put all their plans and lies and union concessions in a blender and leave it on for about two hours.

We didn't want Obamacare and we got it. We don't want HS Rail and we'll probably get it - crammed down our throat.

Remember to vote.


Posted by askidoo, a resident of Alamo
on Mar 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Remember BART is still running at a loss. Incompetence reigns.


Posted by Huh?, a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

"Remember BART is still running at a loss. Incompetence reigns."

---Because we all know how much better off we'd be today if we hadn't built BART 40 years ago, right? Just another "SCAM" "rammed down our throats."

---Because we'll be better off forever if we just continue to rely on inefficient transportation which has to be powered by fossil fuels, instead of having a means of transportation which can be powered by any source of energy, correct?

God bless the right wing echo chamber. They never seem to recognize that they're just repeating sound bites that are fed to them by bloggers supported by big business....


Posted by Jake, a resident of Alamo
on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

God bless the right wing echo chamber. They never seem to recognize that they're just repeating sound bites that are fed to them by bloggers supported by big business....

Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, I remember now;THE LEFT WING ECHO CHAMBER!

They don't seem to want to discuss anything without throwing insults, even when they may have a legitimate argument. All public transportation systems (around the world) run on deficit, if looked at narrowly. Huh? could have elevated the discussion by expanding on his arguments about the larger view of other benefits that could make the analysis have a positive net. The problem we have is that many have lost faith in the leadership and the competence of the government; but then we elected these people!


Posted by Old Danvillan, a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

There is no evidence that such a system offers any economic advantage over existing modes of transport, cleaner air, or lower fuel use. We're not talking about a bridge or a canal that will markedly enhance or shorten distances. BART didn't make economic sense but it gets used fairly heavily and we put up with the subsidy. How are we doing with Amtrac? Over subscribed? Fewer cars on the road? Less air pollution? Does it pay for itself? I think not.

We have more important social issues to address than the like of colonies on the moon or high-speed rail to LA. We're mired in a war without end, health care has not been solved, our military industrial complex is out of control and we're short changing the education of our future generations. Forget high-speed rail to LA. It's a Red Herring issue and a meaningless distraction.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

When I was a child growing up in LA, the city had an excellent electric trolly system. GM and a number of other special interests bought them up and installed buses running on fossil fuels instead. High-speed rail is a necessary investment to move away from fossil fuels to clean domestically produced energy.


Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Dear MIke,

Where do you think the power will come from to move those high-speed trains up and down California? Wind? Solar? Nukes? Fossils?

You mention "clean domestically produced energy." What kind of energy is that? Got an example?


Sheeeesh.


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