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Rail critics prepare for debate over project's costs

Original post made on Sep 19, 2011

As the California High-Speed Rail Authority prepares to release its long-awaited business plan next month, legislators and high-speed rail critics are gearing up for a heated debate over the rising costs of the controversial project.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

So, here's this chart. One line, the cost line, keeps going upward. The other line, the ridership line, keeps going downward.

At what point do you suppose, legislators like Assemblyman Gordon, State Senators Simitian and Lowenthal, and our Congressional representatives, Eshoo and Speier, will say stop. That's far enough. There's not enough ridership and the costs are far too high. It is insane to continue this project.

Furthermore, the federal government will never provide more than a seed-money pittance.
The major cost burden will fall directly on California. Will this train ever produce revenue?
That is extremely unlikely. To the contrary. The Grindley group projects annual operating cost losses in excess of $4 billion annually.

Are we not yet at that point where what we are watching being built is not unlike Saddam Hussein's many marble palaces?

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Posted by JT
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 2:42 am

The Weekly urged people to vote in favor of HSR (Web Link). I suspect they still favor it, but realize that most residents oppose it, so the Weekly keeps its opinions to itself.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

It's a little insane that Joe Simitian is a wholehearted supported of the project. He's crazy. He certainly does not represent my interests.

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