CalTrain MOU is a disaster
Original post made by morris brown on May 8, 2012
What a deal! One really wonders if this board, which literally rubber-stamps everything that comes before them, ever exercises any thought on the actions they take.
This MOU replaces the original agreement between the Authority and CalTrain. That agreement would have funded not only electrification, but full grade separations of the line. Under that agreement, CalTrain would not be sharing its tracks with the Authority, but the Authority would have its own dedicated tracks and CalTrain would have its own tracks. Not anymore.
Now, CalTrain must allot time slots on its tracks to the Authority, reducing the number of trains and therefore the service that CalTrain will be able to provide to its commuters. It will prove to be an un-workable arrangement for both parties.
The original full 4 track deal was not acceptable to the communities along the Peninsula. This new arrangement is not be acceptable either. Passing tracks along about one-fourth of the 50 miles from SF to San Jose will be needed, and are not going to be acceptable to whatever communities they run through. San Mateo is already asking for some kind of grade separations, and there is no funding for those or other grade separation anywhere else either.
The fact of the matter is that High Speed Rail does not belong on the CalTrain corridor at all. It should have never been approved in the first place and it should never have been again approved last Thursday.
on May 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Well yeah, but the safe bet is that high speed rail trains never actually run on Caltrain tracks. Right? There won't be any HSR trains in California until at least an additional $30 billion falls out of the sky and gets spent to connect the Central Valley to LA. Which is going to happen by ... oh, I don't know, let's say .... NEVER. And even $30 billion doesn't connect to San Jose, so even if there are HSR trains in California, it will take yet ANOTHER $30 billion or so to connect them to San Jose and up to SF.
So no HSR trains mucking up our tracks, but we DO get the tracks electrified courtesy of the MOU. Quieter and faster trains, and no more diesel pollution. What's not to like?
on May 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm
Doodle is spot on.
And if HSR does come through, most of us having this argument will be long gone. Let the children of the future deal with that problem while giving them the one gift we can give them now (meaning 8 years from now, of course...)
on May 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm
@ Dr. Doodle and @ John Murphy
If your comments are indeed the truth, and HSR doesn't come, and I admit that is a good possibility, then funding from Prop 1A funds could not be more illegal. Prop 1A funding from $9 billion of bonds is absolutely to be used for HSR and not for a commuter train like, CalTrain.
It could not be more fraudulent to use these funds in this manner, and that surely is a possibility.