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CalTrain and High Speed Rail

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Apr 7, 2011

It would be ironic if it weren't so tragic.

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Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I absolutely think that money should be spent on local transit, rather than the High Speed Rail "boondoggle". I rarely use local public transportation, but many people use it daily to get to and from work. When I was in college at UC Berkeley, we rode BART almost weekly. I can't imagine who is going to ride the High Speed rail? Families going to Disneyland for the weekend? People who want to take a weekend trip to beautiful downtown Fresno?

Also, the majority of the infrastructure for local transit is already in place, whereas the High Speed Rail system is going to all have to be built-often in inconvenient areas.

But, what I really want to know is when are we ever going to get a BART extension so the South Bay?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

God save us from BART. It is non-interchangeable, passenger only, 3rd rail, low voltage.


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Posted by Ken
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

"God save us from BART. It is non-interchangeable, passenger only, 3rd rail, low voltage."

So what? Circle the Bay with Bart (already happening in the East Bay)...finish the job by going down HWY 280, connecting in San Jose. CalTrain can then go up the Peninsula, as it now does, and freight trains are still viable.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2011 at 5:44 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

BART is so expensive that it has shaded every other transportation option in this area for decades. Had an equivalent sum been spent on electrifying, upgrading and eliminating grade crossings for our conventional railroads we would b serving far more than 6% of our population. As it is, Frisco should pay the total cost of BART.