I asked him how Caltrain could co-exist while the high-speed rail tracks are under construction in the Caltrain corridor. He replied that it would be a "challenge," but provided no indication as to how it could be accomplished. I asked what high-speed rail would do to property values in Atherton. He said, "they don't like us anyway," and that's when he volunteered that he was the person who made the decision to drop Atherton from Caltrain service.
I asked if the high-speed rail would be built on a tall berm like the one at Brittan Avenue in San Carlos, creating the "Great Wall of California" straight through the Peninsula. He responded, "It has to be grade-separated." I asked what would happen to such a train on a high embankment if it came off at 200-plus miles per hour. His response: "It won't go 200 miles per hour."
This brief interchange left me with the concern that the real questions and answers about high-speed rail have received no genuine public discussion, and it left me with the feeling that high-speed rail supporters do not want this discussion.
It is high time we organized this discussion so that people can understand what they will really be voting for in the fall. It's very easy to provide a list of questions that the high-speed rail advocates have not addressed or answered in any way. I'd like to see the answers.
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