Officials pledge commitment to 'blended' rail system
Original post made on Mar 14, 2012
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on Mar 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Beware of wolves in the henhouse. Despite Sen. Simitian's repeated attempts for confirmation that the blended system would not ultimately grow into a four-track aerial structure (per the Program EIR), the two Board members would not commit beyond their personal preference for a two-track system. Sen. Simitian asked them to be creative in how to guarantee a lesser impact on the Peninsula, such as by tying funding to the smaller footprint, but they would not bite. Mr. Richard coyly noted that his personal preference didn't matter since the project needs to conform with Prop 1A's aggressive goals. Mr. Hartnett added that Authority conversations are now about the blended approach, appearing to imply that the larger plan was off the table, but without committing that it was or that he would put his personal effort into making this the case. Electrification is the ploy to get HSR legally linked to the Caltrain corridor. Without a guarantee that the blended plan will be the final design, by agreeing to take Prop 1A money for electrification, the Peninsula is only making itself more vulnerable to a potentially much more disruptive and divisive HSR program down the road.
on Mar 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm
..."blended system" a "rethinking of the whole high-speed-rail approach." Yes the new idea will be a Not Very High Speed Rail or Partly High Speed their not sure yet, brilliant. That's why they getthe big bucks.
Doesn't anyone see there is a bigger issue.
It's like, if a TV salesman promised that if you sign the papers now your 60 inch wall mounted HD flat panel would only be 1400 dollars but only 700 with a factory rebate. Then after you signed the price was tripled and the factory rebate was in doubt. Oh and the wall mount may not be doable and certainly won't be included in the price. Also delivery date is a bit questionable. But you did sign the contract so you'll have to start paying. So you're a little peeved. But wait don't feel bad, what about if the salesman throws in a battery for the TV remote? How about that deal? Please are you all that cheap to bribe?
Why not just scrap the thing with a voter proposition? With the same proposition use the same money for real insrustructure, rail, and highway up grades and maybe include a relatively small pot for seed investment in new energy and transit technologies. Real California jobs and real progress, what a concept.
on Mar 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm
The fancy video showing an HSR consist passing a new CalTrain, both going in the same direction, is a fantasy. FRA would have to alter long standing prohibitions against operating fast trains on freight ROW for this to come true. All it takes is one signaling screwup and the wreckage will be frightening.
As California politicians drive all of us over the financial cliff, one wonders if there is any individual in the Legislature who can call this for what it is?