I support this goal in theory but expect it will be difficult to completely achieve. I worry especially about providing housing that is affordable to all families within the region,
In addition some locations outside of the region, like Tracy for example, are as close or closer to job centers as locations within the region.
The main rationale for housing all within the region is to reduce commuting time and environmental impacts. I support this goal also.
But what if some housing just outside the region were combined with transportation investments that reduced single occupancy driving and the time for commuting?
What if for example, we could run shorter commute high speed rail trains to connect at San Jose to CalTrain and VTA and at Pleasanton to BART? Or extend BART and CalTrain?
It is certainly true that locations outside the region can provide types and costs for housing that are difficult to achieve within the region.
I see this as a both/and approach and have suggested to the Governor and HSR Authority that this is worth exploring.
This is NOT a blog on the merits of the main HSR proposal so please do not repeat that discussion.