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Rail authority's 'new vision' includes old technology

Original post made on Apr 1, 2012

Seeking to appease its Bay Area critics, the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Friday unveiled its latest proposed addition for the controversial line -- a colossal catapult that would shoot passengers from San Jose to San Francisco, allowing them to bypass the Peninsula entirely.

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Posted by porter
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

Finally, equal opportunity for all! Imagine little old ladies in wheelchairs, people using crutches -- all flying through the air in a quest to get there first! Great imagination, guys.

Your best ever April 1st issue, of course, was way back in the olden time when Palo Alto and Menlo Park merged to become Menloalto. Even the mayors were in on the joke.

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Posted by YIMBY
a resident of University South
on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

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I'm waiting for the EIR - Palo Alto will sue, I'm sure :-)

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Posted by Fool
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

Why not use steam locomotives with water towers and coal piles at all of the stations along the route? Gotta luv those old time whistles at all grade crossings--no arms, either, just the big white X and "look both ways."

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Posted by FrankF
a resident of Ventura
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

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Naturally this will be opposed by the Audubon Society because of potential collisions with lock birds. And if you think the train whistles are loud wait until you have to listen the the screams of hundreds passengers as they are flung over head.

Still nice to see they are thinking "out of the box"

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Posted by Scot
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Apr 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I have added the catapult to my bucket list ...intended.

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Posted by AK
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

CPA, Sounds like a step in the right direction for this melodrama...fine work.

"Haven't ya heard...the axeman chopped the budget..."

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Posted by Charlie
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I don't know. I'd be worried about colliding with planes taking off from the PA airport in the fog.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Actually, I think this plan is far superior to the HSR proposal (which sucks).

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