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Viewpoint - July 31, 2019

Letter: Speedier transit system could help housing crisis

Our housing crisis is paradoxical. In any other market, booming demand would increase supply. But the cost of land, high-rise construction and infrastructure like schools and roads, drive costs to unaffordable levels. And rent control shuts down any hope for rental development.

But there is a "win-win" solution to the housing crisis and three-hour daily commutes that waste millions of hours a year — high-speed transit (HST). It could speed commuters to outlying towns within minutes where housing is 70% less expensive.

The $50 billion being spent to extend the HSR to Bakersfield can't serve this need and should be used to build a Bay Area HST system. Bay Area companies could continue to expand and offer world-class jobs to people here. It would be a way to end the dispute over the federal government's funding of the high-speed rail to Bakersfield by agreeing to divert it to high-speed transit, which has a higher and better use.

Ed Kahl

Whiskey Hill Road, Woodside


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