Monterey: Light rail, waterfront plan...

Monterey: Light rail, waterfront plan top topics for joint meeting

There are 11 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from May 18, 2010, titled Monterey: Light rail, waterfront plan top topics for joint meeting. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Monterey's waterfront plan and a light-rail transit project will be considered at a joint meeting of the Monterey City Council and Planning Commission today.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Monterey County Herald.

Charlie Mestas

Boulder, CO

#1 May 18, 2010
I'am all for light rail if it's purpose is to eliminate more automobiles on the road.
I belive that there is a need for light rail and buses. I live in the Denver area, and I can tell you that the volume of cars on the road will go up before the numbers decrease. We have a limited light rail system in Denver, it only covers the south side of the metro area. We're still catching up to the rest of the world. The mile high altitude also has a factor in keeping the smog around.
axel

Salinas, CA

#2 May 18, 2010
Why is approval of these systems always left up to the elite few? Do "we the people" have any say so anymore, or are we to just be quiet and accept the fact, that how we feel, doesn't matter. If you aren't in their social clique, you don't matter. Way of the world! Do what you bwill, and know that your day will come when God will demand to see your portfolio. Have a great day!
CitizenJoe

Salinas, CA

#3 May 18, 2010
We need light rail like a fish needs a bicycle. Where will the parking be at light rail stops? Frankly, this will do little or nothing to reduce traffic on Highway 1. A large number of drivers on Highway 1 are commuting to/from the Bay Area, or Santa Cruz.
Robert Cruickshank

Salinas, CA

#4 May 18, 2010
Light rail will help reduce traffic on Highway 1 by taking traffic going to cities along the route and moving it to the train. It will also link up with passenger trains going to the Bay Area and, eventually, Santa Cruz.

At a time when gas prices are rising soon, and with most economists projecting oil to cost $200 a barrel later this decade, it is insane and economically reckless for Monterey to not embrace light rail. This city was built on the train. So too is our future.
haha

Mill Valley, CA

#6 May 18, 2010
montereys window on the bay park will soon be a lightrail parking lot.

wow, all that work for nothing.
Miriam

Seaside, CA

#7 May 18, 2010
I hope they find creative alternative ways of addressing this necessary need for a light rail system here Monterey. So many visitors will come to visit Monterey. Hopefully this will decrease traffic on Del Monte Blvd...it's crazy!
CitizenJoe

Salinas, CA

#8 May 18, 2010
Robert Cruickshank wrote:
Light rail will help reduce traffic on Highway 1 by taking traffic going to cities along the route and moving it to the train. It will also link up with passenger trains going to the Bay Area and, eventually, Santa Cruz.
At a time when gas prices are rising soon, and with most economists projecting oil to cost $200 a barrel later this decade, it is insane and economically reckless for Monterey to not embrace light rail. This city was built on the train. So too is our future.
If that is true, then why is San Jose's light rail system in financial trouble? Their light rail system is busy only during rush hour, quiet the rest of the time. I know, having ridden it. Do you seriously think people will ride light rail to go shopping at the shopping centers? I don't.

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#9 May 18, 2010
axel wrote:
Why is approval of these systems always left up to the elite few? Do "we the people" have any say so anymore, or are we to just be quiet and accept the fact, that how we feel, doesn't matter. If you aren't in their social clique, you don't matter. Way of the world!
Do you know how thorough the public approval process is? TAMC has already had several public presentations and hearings on this subject. There was another tonight at the Monterey City Council meeting where several members of the public were given the opportunity to be heard. TAMC will hold many more public hearings on this subject before anything is set in stone. TAMC is also accepting written comments which by law must be addressed in the environmental review and planning stages. They are making every effort to take people's concerns into consideration. They're doing their part properly. If you are genuinely concerned your part is to read the documentation ( http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/rail/mon... ), attend the hearings or write a letter. You have as much say as anyone else, provided you show up.

-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info/delmonte/clubcar.h...
NIck

Carmel, CA

#10 May 19, 2010
The State is going broke, the county and our cities are going broke, but TMCA needs this to justify it's self.

Remember that public officials and their high paid public union employees love these wasteful projects. Not only do they cost a lot to build but then you need to staff them with new government workers. They will say anything to fool the public. For example, take a look at the cost of New Bay Bridge Project or what is happeneing with the high speed train to LA that you just voted for.

Cost Projections Moving Faster than the Trains

In the face of the state's perpetual budget crisis, some Californians are beginning to regret their votes in favor of the $9.9 billion high-speed rail bond last year. Even though proponents of the train have now admitted the bond was only a down payment on the actual cost to build the system, the numbers that were projected are changing—and all in the wrong direction.

The business plan released by the train's advocates last month show the dramatic differences in what the voters were told and what reality is. For example, the price of a ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles is now projected at $105, up from the previous $55 estimate. That new number changed the ridership predictions: now 41 million annual riders by 2035, down from last year's prediction of 55 million passengers by 2030. The cost for building the train system has also grown. The proponents had been thinking $33.6 billion (2008 dollars) but have revised upward to $42.6 billion. Recently, the Obama administration announced $2.25 billion in funding for the project. Proponents said federal money would be used to close the gap between the voter-approved bond and the ultimate cost, but this is a drop in the bucket and still will not work.

You can read the plan for yourself here:

http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/library.asp ...
wow

Mill Valley, CA

#11 May 19, 2010
gather signatures, and vote that TAMC can only make recommendations to local goverments, and have no actual authority, and make it an all volunteer board so tax payers dont have to pay them anything, they dont deserve it

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#12 May 19, 2010
wow wrote:
gather signatures, and vote that TAMC can only make recommendations to local goverments, and have no actual authority, and make it an all volunteer board so tax payers dont have to pay them anything, they dont deserve it
TAMC is a joint powers authority (JPA) formed by the cities and county it serves. Its members include one city council member from each city in the county, plus the five county supervisors. Since transportation planning requires cooperation between different jurisdictions, this is the best way to manage projects that cross political borders. Furthermore, any portion of a project that falls within a given city requires approval from that city council, or no construction permits will be issued. TAMC cannot act unilaterally.

This light rail project is not set in stone. It will go through a detailed approval process, including numerous public hearings, and will be further refined. Right now TAMC is trying to sell the idea to local city councils. Judging from Tuesday's meeting, Monterey is generally supportive, but not without reservations. Until the Monterey's,(plus Seaside's, and Marina's) concerns are met, TAMC hasn't got a project. Got it?

-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info

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