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BART and High Speed Rail Projects - Vote No-

Original post made by Rick, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2008

If a 16 mile BART extension will cost a minimum of $6,000,000,000 how much will a hundred or more miles of High Speed Rail cost where it goes thru high priced, high density residential and commercial property?
It's $375,000,000 per mile. 100 miles X $375,000,000 = $37,000,000,000 and thats for only 100 miles. And no cost for the rest of the system, trains, stations, etc.

I wonder how many green buses could be bought and operated instead of the $6 billion BART system, for this amount of money.

If the users of these systems had to pay the full cost by way of fares what would the fares have to be.??

If a projected 100,000 riders,each day, of the BART extension paid $10 for each ride that would produce $1 million/day X 300 days would produce $300,000,000 /year. So in 20 years this would produce $6 billion in revenues. Is this correct? Will riders pay $10 for a 16 mile ride? I doubt it.

The sales tax increase pays for none of the construction costs.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 8, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Put money into freight rail and relieve roads for passengers. You be right, Rick. In the spirit of the War Against Energy, perhaps all the research money should go toward Transfer Booths, assuming Larry Nivens' patent has expired.

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Posted by yes vote no
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 10, 2008 at 4:37 am

The High Speed Rail project must be killed. The leaders of this project have spent over $50 million and 10 years thus far, and they have failed in almost all regards to put forward a reasonable, useful project. They just want to get their hands on the $10 billion and spend it.

It is a power grab, led by the cities of San Francisco and San Jose. Don't be deceived, just vote no.

What is wrong with our City council, not coming out against this boondoggle?

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm

You do not like the word PUBLIC? Do you. You TOO good for that word.

Talk about millions wasted? Yea look in your own backyard First.

Lets just keep thousands of car on the roads EVERY DAY. Hope one of them runs your kid over. He should not have been in the street. Oh the side walk was so bad he had to be? TOO BAD

Would not want to think about anyone but yourself? One sick place.

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