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Guest opinion: High-speed rail's hidden partnership

Original post made on Jun 25, 2009

In past discussions about high-speed rail, I've talked about various "elephants in the room," by which I mean highly obvious and consequential factors that have received little or no attention. Here's another one.

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Posted by Clem
a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Perhaps you don't have your facts wrong, but you certainly don't present all the facts.

The money to purchase the Caltrain right of way was provided not just by the three counties, but also by the state via Prop 116 rail bonds. By your logic, the state (and by extension the people of California) would already be the owner of more than half of the land since they (and by extension we taxpayers) ponied up most of the money.

Then, recall this evil "Authority" is none other than the state itself, carrying out the will of the majority of California voters and taxpayers.

Seeing as the state already paid for half of this corridor and plans to use that half of it for HSR, we should count ourselves lucky that the state and federal government are about to drop another ~$5 billion (more if you believe the naysayers) to improve the corridor-- improvements that would never in a million years happen without HSR.

Quite aside from HSR, we will end up with a 21st century, frequent, rapid, quiet, comfortable Caltrain service that may even put BART to shame.

While this will detract from the bucolic atmosphere on Stone Pine Lane, the overall package is really not such a bad deal.

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