Central Valley politicians brace for ...

Central Valley politicians brace for fight to keep high-speed rail hub in Merced

There are 1 comment on the www.mercedsunstar.com story from Jun 11, 2009, titled Central Valley politicians brace for fight to keep high-speed rail hub in Merced. In it, www.mercedsunstar.com reports that:

Central Valley lawmakers are worried that their counterparts in Southern California intend to derail plans for a high speed rail maintenance hub here.

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Since: Aug 07

Ceres, CA

#1 Jun 12, 2009
I love trains. Amtrak is my favorite mode of travel.

High-speed rail is an exciting concept, but I voted against it.

1) There has never been a guarantee Merced County will directly benefit from the service.

2) Precise cost of construction escapes me, at the moment, but it is at least $20 billion.

3) Once it is built, it will run at a deficit of approximately $1 billion, minus revenue derived from fares. That's a lot of fare money.

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon we're talking about a little money.

Any ideas on how to pay for it?

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