Public gets chance to weigh in on TAM...

Public gets chance to weigh in on TAMC light rail project tonight

There are 16 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Nov 8, 2010, titled Public gets chance to weigh in on TAMC light rail project tonight. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

By 2015, a diesel-electric light rail train could be whisking along tracks running through streets and neighborhoods from Monterey to north Marina and back.

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Salinas, CA

#1 Nov 8, 2010
I just don't trust these numbers. Just don't see the justification for light rail here.

Salinas, CA

#2 Nov 8, 2010
Really, who will use it regulary. Buses are empty as it is now. No one will take it with a 20-30 minute commute
In the Dark

Hollister, CA

#3 Nov 8, 2010
dave wrote:
Really, who will use it regulary. Buses are empty as it is now. No one will take it with a 20-30 minute commute
The buses run on the same streets as car and truck traffic. Light rail usually runs on tracks separated from the streets and wouldn't be slowed by traffic like you see on Del Monte Boulevard the way buses are. So light rail's future success doesn't depend on the current performance of buses.

Salinas, CA

#4 Nov 8, 2010
If it's not going to be tied in to the Cal Train depot from the get-go, forget it. That's the only train service I've heard anyone say that they want.

Monterey, CA

#5 Nov 8, 2010
such a waste of money for so few state is a third world in terms of nearly every category and we want to waste money for so few passengers

Monterey, CA

#6 Nov 8, 2010
Hmm wrote:
If it's not going to be tied in to the Cal Train depot from the get-go, forget it. That's the only train service I've heard anyone say that they want.
exactly..what would this serve if it does not connect to cal train...

Monterey, CA

#7 Nov 8, 2010
farr main supporter is pushing this issue

Dayton, NV

#8 Nov 8, 2010
When California faces dire financial times, it is tragically telling that elected and appointed officials continue to fritter public money away on nonsense. This rail line can't possibly justify itself by ridership or cost-benefit, but the powers that be are going to slam it through anyway, much like unproductive Federal stimuli, lightly-reviewed Obamacare and bailouts for Fannie/Freddie, big banks and U.S. automakers who all grossly mismanaged their businesses.

Chicago, IL

#9 Nov 8, 2010
NO train of any kind-NEVER reopen those tracks. Keep the bay area free from train noise pollution, traffic backups,and overload,reduced home values.These are small quiet towns. Train tracks bring BIG CITY intrusions-of all kinds.Take the bus...

United States

#10 Nov 8, 2010
Wow, I'm very surprised at the all the short minded comments on this page. It reminds me of all those local residents who resist change for fear of losing the "small town" atmosphere; but times change and if cities don't adapt they will not thrive (look a PG). This project means taking cars off the road, local jobs, and better acess to local attractions. I wonder bow many people against this project already live on the peninsula and give no thought to those who must commute? Personally I'd rather spend my money on a train ride than give it to foreign oil companies.
Monterey Resident

San Jose, CA

#11 Nov 8, 2010
It is going to be okay- Dave Potter says so. Oh yeah we can trust him all the way. I wonder what kind of bribes he got this time. Look at how many buildings are vacant in Seaside, Monterey & New Monterey and current businesses are barely surviving so why spend the big money only to see a few more people come to the Peninsula.... Makes no sense just more non sense !!!

Carlsbad, CA

#12 Nov 8, 2010
Sounds like a huge waste of taxpayer money. Is anyone responsible for a cost-benefit analysis for a project of this magnitude? How many people commute from Monterey to Marina each day? I can see the benefit for some Marina residents who commute to Monterey, but I can't fathom these trains running at anything approaching 25% capacity at best.

If the plan were to extend through to hook up with the CalTrain line then I think it would support serious consideration. But that doesn't sound like the plan and the population in this area doesn't warrant a Marina to Monterey line in any sense.
ex driver

Monterey, CA

#13 Nov 8, 2010
Rubio supports it as a new group of "Union Only" construction Carpenters and permanent System Operators. More money for the Union bosses.

Monterey, CA

#14 Nov 8, 2010
A light rail line would be way better going from Salinas to Monterey! Hwy 68 has some of the worst rush hour traffic in the county.

Carlsbad, CA

#15 Nov 9, 2010
Estimated $300 million to build it, which will turn into $350-400 million after the cost overruns. How many fares at $2.50 per head to make a dent in that figure? I'm sure Sam Farr will snag some federal funds, but that kind of fleecing doesn't make me feel any better about it, nor does it address the expense to maintain it. I've been to many major cities that have built light rail and see it way under-utilized (Atlanta for one.) It becomes a huge waste and taxpayer burden.

Who is going to profit from building this project? A handful of taxpayers at the expense of all of us? The contractors and unions for sure, and the politicians who helped them land the contracts. This crap goes on all over the US, and it's a major reason we are in such poor financial condition. Fleecing, plain and simple.

Sixtyeight makes a lot of sense too- we have many more commuters going both ways on 68 each day, or coming across through Marina from Salinas. And if CalTrain builds high speed rail to SoCal, Salinas would be the place to tie in, don't you think? Of course, making practical sense isn't the point, obviously.

San Francisco, CA

#16 Dec 6, 2010
COAL BURNING: Like the Chevy Volt it will run on/waste dirty coal, burned in electric power plants.

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