High-speed trains could be headed this way
Original post made on Mar 4, 2008
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on Mar 4, 2008 at 5:13 pm
Since the Almanac rail issue came out a week ago, it doesn't cease to amaze me how little interest there has been in these articles and opinion pieces. There were four separate items, including the feature article in the prior issue and there are now three pieces, including the editorial, in the present issue, all of them about the high-speed train.
Most articles trigger instant response, pro or con. But, the California high-speed train and the grade separations that will be built to carry these trains appear to be of little consequence to most of us personally. There have been zero comments. WOW!
The fact is that when construction starts in Menlo Park and Atherton, we all will be stunned by the intrusiveness, the chaos and the destruction of our peace and tranquility. What will happen to the rail corridor and what will run on it will impose greater and more dramatic changes for our towns than anything we have ever previously experienced. Isn't that worth some thought, criticism and debate?
Most of those residents living and people working more than, say, a quarter of a mile either side of the tracks will think that none of this is of any consequence or concern to them.
Boy, are they wrong.
on Mar 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Dear People of California
I am a naturalized Japanese and live in Seattle area. I am very familiar with high-speed train system.
You will find that riding on a high-speed train is so comfortable and enjoyable.
You don't need to pay any attentions to others Just sit on a seat and read a book, newspaper, magazine or watching beautiful California scenery along the rail tracks.
If you are tired, even you can sleep.
High-speed trains consume energy far less than the cars. One of Japanese Shinkansen
models use only 1/12 of cars. Your system is reported about 1/5.
Under ground oil resource is depleting at a rapid rate every day. I hope that the readers start thinking about the situation when gasoline price becomes $10/gal. It may come not not so long distant future because CEO of Shell Oil Company predicted in his new year message to his employees that after 2015, supply of 'easy-access-oil' will no longer keep up with demand. You believe or not, such time is coming sooner or later.
After that oil price will steadily increase everyday.
We need conserve oil to produce food and essential goods. It is only fuel to keep airplane flying.
We should think about our future generations. We have to leave something tangible things such as this high-speed train system. I hope that it will be extended to boarder to Oregon as a part of the West Coast Corridor from the Canadian boarder to the Mexican boarder in future.
We are good at leaving debts for future generation. We should change the habit.
Hitoshi Maruyama, PhD
P.S. Welcome your readers comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:14 am
Martin Engel apparently thinks that Almanac readers should make statewide decisions based on their own narrow self-interest. If high-speed rail construcion means you will experience some noise for a year or two, you should vote against it regardless of the benefits it will bring to anyone else. Great job, Martin! This is really the kind of progressive thinking that will move our country forward and solve the problems we have brought on ourselves. We need a lot more of this short-sighted and selfish attitude to counter those with real vision.