High Cost Rail - Part 44 Dithering, Naive, Pathetic or All of the Above?

Jan 23, 2011 Full story: Burlingame Voice

Part 44 Dithering, Naive, Pathetic or All of the Above? The Mercury Times' Insider column is right on the money today when it writes : The Burlingame City Council couldn't reach a decision this week on whether to file an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority by the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park ...

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South San Francisco, CA

#1 Jan 31, 2011
Garbage in, garbage out

United States

#2 Feb 6, 2011
CAHSRA numbers look much to optimistic. 600,000 "full time" construction jobs??? These are really 100,000 jobs counted several times based on what section of right of way is being worked on.

450,000 permanent new jobs along rail line???? That's one for every 10 feet of right of way. Most will come from increased population, not the HSR.

Time & speeds mentioned are only for express, non-stop trips.

Most of the car trips they are saying will be eliminated are local transportation, most of which will remain.

Costs, I feel are low-balled to get public approval/buy in.

Can we afford this expensive project with the Country's and California's finances in such a mess?? Those Federal dollars the CA politicians are all so excited about come out of taxpayers pockets. They don't come from the CAHSRA fairy at no costs to taxpayers. CA $$$s and Federal $$$s are all taxpayer $$$s.

I might go along with the project if I believed the numbers and if the numbers made any economic sense, but right now the CAHSR project doesn't.

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