County closer to purchasing Union Pac...

County closer to purchasing Union Pacific rail line, agrees to deal for tourist train

There are 33 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Oct 15, 2010, titled County closer to purchasing Union Pacific rail line, agrees to deal for tourist train. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

County transportation leaders Thursday reached another milestone in their long-running effort to buy Union Pacific's 32-mile coastal rail line.

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Aptos local

Pahoa, HI

#1 Oct 15, 2010
This a purchase that pay off for future generations.
Valley Person

Berkeley, CA

#2 Oct 15, 2010
"Sierra Northern said a pilot train might being running from near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to Four Mile Beach as soon as May".....
(drive all the way over from the valley, and then try to find parking,just to go to a beach on a train? Id rather drive.)
"While the state funds for the rail purchase are scheduled to be allocated next month, when they'll be sent out remains a function of the state's uncertain finances.".....
(California is facing bankruptcy)
Scooter

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Oct 15, 2010
Maybe we could run a model train on the easement to suffice funding requirements and turn the corridor primarily for pedestrian and bicycle access.

Since: Jun 10

Fremont, CA

#4 Oct 15, 2010
The balance of the rail cost is expected to come from another pot of state funds.

Which pot? I think all of our pots are empty.
Financial expert Campos

AOL

#5 Oct 15, 2010
Supervisor Tony Campos: "There's a lot of good things that can come from this."

That comes from the man who almost single-handedly generated the doubling of supervisor salaries since his 1998 election.

Vote Greg Caput...at least he's pledged to cut his own salary 25% if elected, and try shaming the other supervisors into doing the same. And I don't think Caput would have ever supported this raping of state taxpayers for the sake of the county acquiring more land it can't afford to maintain.
Richard Saunders

Belmont, CA

#6 Oct 15, 2010
They are going to raid our infrastructure funds.

Remember that when you drive over another pot hole.

Did you know Santa Cruz has a $100 million backlog of neglected infrastructure?

Think about that as the liberal politicians raid those funds for this boondoggle they can't fund either.

By the way, there is not one red cent for the rail trail or the commuter train.

And now there won't be any cash for roads either, because they have decided to subsidize a tourist train track.
bcjams wrote:
The balance of the rail cost is expected to come from another pot of state funds.
Which pot? I think all of our pots are empty.
A long-time resident

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Oct 15, 2010
Notice that the Sentinel article has neglected to mention the long-term costs that will inure to the county. The pie-in-the-sky hope is that ridership will be enough to make this thing successful. Where's the extra money going to come from for the more sought after bike & hiking trail? I've walked the rails, and know that in many places there simply isn't enough physical space to allow for any type of trail unless it's in the tracks themselves.(Liability anyone?) Trail enthusiasts better start to look at the facts. Obstacles such as these means a fragmented trail system at best.
STINGER

Redwood City, CA

#8 Oct 15, 2010
I know the RTC touts this as a "Private" rail system but once the contract with Sierra Northern is presented and the funds are disbursed -- the responsibility for service lies with the RTC. Sierra Northern is only a contractor. This is and always will be a "Public" rail system----with all its attendant liabilities.

Since: May 08

Pleasanton, CA

#9 Oct 15, 2010
I don't understand how you can use a loophole to gain funds for an amusement ride. Prop 116 was meant for moving commuters, not for a dinner train. This WILL fail...but at what level I'm not sure. The question is how bled-out the taxpayers of Santa Cruz County will be when it does. What a bunch of shysters, those charged with the public's trust at the RTC !
Mark Johnston Feltonite

San Jose, CA

#10 Oct 15, 2010
YEAH BABY!!!
I sure wish

Los Banos, CA

#11 Oct 15, 2010
that the costal commision could save us from this waste of money too, like they did with Arana Gulch!!!

We have ostrichs running the show and unfortuanately there's plenty of deep sand around
:(
Soquel Local

Hollister, CA

#12 Oct 15, 2010
If the rail line purchase goes through then you can just kiss highway 1 widening goodbye forever which is likely the Transportation Commission's main motivation anyway.

Ironically, county buses will be hurt the most by highway 1 not being widened and primarily those buses coming from Watsonville.

I think you call this the law of unintended consequences.
Track Record

United States

#13 Oct 15, 2010
Campos you idiot, the tracks go nowhere near Cabrillo College. You don't even read your own reports. Sadly, not surprising.
WHAAT

Pleasanton, CA

#14 Oct 15, 2010
Soquel Local wrote:
If the rail line purchase goes through then you can just kiss highway 1 widening goodbye forever which is likely the Transportation Commission's main motivation anyway.
Ironically, county buses will be hurt the most by highway 1 not being widened and primarily those buses coming from Watsonville.
I think you call this the law of unintended consequences.
The state level is charged with providing access/through-way on our highways Highway one is NOT a local issue,don't kid yourself!
STINGER

Redwood City, CA

#15 Oct 15, 2010
Scooter wrote:
Maybe we could run a model train on the easement to suffice funding requirements and turn the corridor primarily for pedestrian and bicycle access.
if we gave each member of the RTC a set of model trains and get them to drop this idiotic fantasy we would be a lot better off.
STINGER

Redwood City, CA

#16 Oct 15, 2010
If this tourist train idea is so great -- there is no reason that Sierra Northern couldn't make a better deal directly with UP. The right of way is probably carried at nil on their books.

The truth is -- it ain't a great idea!!!!!!!!
whatsup

Edmond, OK

#17 Oct 15, 2010
I like trains, choo choooooooooo.
Lucas

AOL

#18 Oct 15, 2010
Davenport has three restaurants, two art galleries, a store, a post office, and an elementary school - If you can't have fun in Davenport than you're not really trying. All aboard for the tourist adventure of your life!
Make Believe

United States

#19 Oct 15, 2010
Track Record wrote:
Campos you idiot, the tracks go nowhere near Cabrillo College. You don't even read your own reports. Sadly, not surprising.
Are you stupid or something? The tracks go right past Cabrillo College on the other side of Hwy 1. You can throw rocks at the trains from the soccer field.

Who are all these people that judged your post brilliant and interesting? Your all a bunch of negative, naughty, no nothings.
Reality Check

Hayward, CA

#20 Oct 15, 2010
Aptos local wrote:
This a purchase that pay off for future generations.
You mean 'paid for' by future generations, no?

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