The "Bullet" Train: What Does It Say About Our State Government?
Original post made by Erin Glanville on Dec 19, 2013
Even if you supported the "bullet train" five years ago, you should think about how our state government is or is not-- respecting California voters as that project continues to degrade.
Back in 2008 (when Proposition 1A was passed under the biased ballot title "Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century"), the "ask" of California voters was to approve a $9.95 billion dollar general bond obligation that would theoretically fund a high-speed rail system (200+ MPH) connecting Sacramento/ San Joaquin Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Southern California.
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on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:17 am
I, like many people thought that the HSR was a good deal - way back when. Now I am appalled by the financing tactics being used. People who have had their family properties for many years in the Fresno area are being forced to give it up for the Tax Assessment value due to eminent domain tactics. Property that has not changed hands has a relatively lower tax assessment value. That property will now be leased at the current market value to developers / others. The differential is the profit / funding for this project.
The biggest challenge that HSR has is drilling a tunnel through the Tehachapi Mountains. Amtrak currently has no rails that go over - people are bused to Bakersfield. HSR should be starting with the tunneling process first to create some feasibility to this whole scheme. They are ignoring any reference to the most expensive part of this whole project. Right now it is a land grab - coming to your area soon.
on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:27 am
This is the state of government today: promise a $10 billion rail system, with 240mph trains, $20 tickets, and door to door service from LA to SF in 2 hours.
Then deliver a train costs $100 billion, goes from Barstow to Fresno in 4 hours, and tickets cost $100. That $100 billion will line a lot of pockets and guarantee the people making the bad decisions will continue to be empowered to make more bad decisions.
on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:55 am
"The biggest challenge that HSR has is drilling a tunnel through the Tehachapi Mountains."
Resident 1, are you sure about that? I thought they were going through Tehachapi Pass, which has had a rail line for over a century. I voted against Prop 1A, because it did not make sense, on many levels. However, a tunnel was not one of them.