CalTrain and High Speed Rail
Original post made by Paul Losch on Apr 7, 2011
At the same time we have Don Quixotes attempting to garner more federal funds for an ill-conceived High Speed Rail system in this part of the world, a critical local transit operation, CalTrain, is proposing to cut back on its "Baby Bullet" trains in order to close an operating deficit.
I am not a regular user of public transit, although I have been in the past for work from PA to SF.
Would federal funds, assuming they are there, be better directed toward a high speed rail system or a commuter rail system?
I vote CalTrain. not HSR.
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?
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.
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.