Letters: Light rail to nowhere?

Letters: Light rail to nowhere?

There are 3 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Apr 24, 2010, titled Letters: Light rail to nowhere?. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Supervisor Dave Potter omitted some very pertinent information regarding light rail in his commentary Tuesday.

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Since: Jan 10

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#1 Apr 24, 2010
Mr. Amadeo needn't worry about the light rail going nowhere - even if it gets built, which is doubtful, there are no operating funds for it to go anywhere anyway.

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#2 Apr 24, 2010
The letter by Zane Jacobs cracked me up. First he said that Herald editor has never read the Bill of Rights. Then he says the Second Amendment guarantees the right of free speech. Apparently Jacobs hasn't read the Bill of Rights either.

-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#3 Apr 24, 2010
Dan Amadeo apparently has some strong preferences for bus rapid transit (BRT) over light rail. BRT has its place, but in our case it would not be appropriate to pave over the tracks for buses. TAMC chose light rail over BRT because it would still allow the peninsula to connect to the state intercity rail network. BRT would forever eliminate that possibility. The intercity rail connection is part of both local and state long-term rail plans, BRT is not compatible with either plan, and that is one major reason why it was not the preferred alternative.

Light rail does have somewhat higher start-up costs than BRT, but it has higher capacity vehicles. It is also easier to expand capacity by adding cars to an existing train. Adding capacity to BRT requires adding a new bus with a new operator, which increases labor costs. Light rail also provides a smoother ride making it more attractive to riders.

Amadeo is correct that TAMC does not own the right of way in Seaside or Monterey, but that does not affect the viability of the project. The right of way was purchased by those cities in the 1980s using state transportation funds. Per the funding agreement, Seaside and Monterey are required to keep the ROW available for future transit development. I have posted the entire agreement here in PDF format if anyone is interested. http://www.montereypeninsula.info/delmonte/Mo...

-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info

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