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Spectrum - February 19, 2010


High-speed rail vote

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Posted by George, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Mr Hochberg wonders "Why should we listen to longtime residents of Palo Alto when planning for future transit?" Now there's a forward looking sentiment!
If I'm not mistaken this is the Library Commissioner who also wouldn't listen to the public when they wanted more books in the library. He didn't see any reason to dedicate space to "dead trees."
Great way to run a democracy there.

Posted by Leo, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 20, 2010 at 1:56 am

Hi George,
My point is that these longtime residents have a history of bad judgement on transportation issues, as evidenced by our present-day transit issues. I'm suggesting that those are screaming the loudest for delaying HSR have the same mentality of the people who prevented BART from going all the way to San Jose many years ago.

My point is why trust the judgement of those who were so wrong on this issue before?

Posted by bill, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Every transit system in the world (except part of the British Inter City Railway which is now privatized!!!) is subsidized by the taxpayer. This includes the HSR systems in France and Japan. There is no reason to think the California HSR will be any different.

The major problem I see - aside from the bond voted on which forbids public money from being used - is the relatively few California residents who live within walking or biking distance of a stop. This means hundreds of acres of parking area or huge parking structures to park the cars of those traveling to use the system. And how do the people at the end of their journey continue to their final destination? Thousands of rental cars in their parking areas. Ah, me. I guess I don't understand the rational.

Posted by George, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

"those who are screaming the loudest..." I think you aren't actually paying attention to what they are saying, or where the objections are coming from.
The people at the center of the opposition are relatively young, smart, educated, well mannered people. They present evidence about the bad business plan, the inadequate EIR, the fantasmagoric projections of ridership, the absence of maps, and more. They include Atherton residents, Menlo Park councilmembers and Palo Alto councilmembers. And questions about where the additional billions of dollars will come from. They present facts and evidence, not, ahem, loose language.
About the parking, last I heard a station would require a parking structure to hold 800-1000 cars. And car rental businesses.

Posted by Leo, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

How is an 800-1000 car parking structure any different than the thousands of cars "parked" on 101 during rush hour?

"The people at the center of the opposition are relatively young, smart, educated, well mannered people."

I'll agree that they're relatively well-mannered, but tell me how young all those 40-60 years residents of Palo Alto are? I saw a lot of gray hair in that crowd.

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