Friday, November 5, 2010

High-speed railway to nowhere

Bay Area loses out on high-speed rail

And we have the obstructionists and NIMBYs in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and environs to thank, in good part, for blowing it.

As reported on SFGate by AP, the first segment of line between San Francisco and Anaheim will be built "in the middle of Central Valley farmlands, far away from either urban center."

The California High-Speed Rail Authority, taking directions from Washington, voted unanimously that $4.3 billion in federal money will be spent on segments linking Fresno to either Merced or Bakersfield.

Rail authority board member Rod Diridon, a former Santa Clara County supervisor is quoted in the San Jose Business Journal as saying "it's heartbreaking for me and many others" that the the San Francisco-to-San Jose leg would not be built first.
He said one of the reasons the Central Valley was chosen is the opposition to the project that has arisen in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Belmont and Burlingame, which comprise the Peninsula Cities Consortium.
--Andrew Ross, The Bottom Line, on federal money that must be spent

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