High-speed-rail 'safeguard' bill signed into law
Original post made on Sep 10, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 9, 2013, 11:41 AM
on Sep 10, 2013 at 8:55 am
The entire project is a big waste of time and money...our money by the way. Our so called leader's couldn't care less. They are all self serving fools.
Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini
on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:02 am
"... next to impossible..."
We have all seen this phrase twisted around by our legislators into, "If we raise taxes, we can do the impossible."
Watch and see...
on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:46 am
Nice (and slick) move by the peninsula folks (their local governments, and their representatives in the state legislature), at least for them....
This way, when the high-speed rail project project flounders, they will still get their desired Cal-Train improvements, using (in large part) "other people's money". It's the only way to fly (er, take the train)...
Even if the high-speed rail system is ever "completed", the fact that it will be sharing tracks with Cal-Train on the peninsula will inevitably make it slower. Even if periodic sidings are put in for the high-speed trains to pass the regular Cal-Trains, they will not be able to operate at anything approaching full speed until they get past San Jose.
(I once took the high-speed French train from Amsterdam to Paris, and the same thing applies there. It operates at regular train speed all the way to Brussels, and only speeds up for part of the journey. Due to both shared tracks, as well as inadequate crossing gates.)
Given how much the project has been watered down already (in spite of, and also because of, greatly escalating cost projections), it is interesting to speculate on what further "dilutions" to expect. Especially now that other communities in the path of the train have been shown that they can get the plans modified in their favor, if they play the politics right....