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on May 22, 2009
How long can we continue uncontrolled growth dictated by ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments a developer sympathetic group) before we run into the wall of limited resources and impossible traffic congestion? Government is setting arbitrary limits for issues that cause global warming while letting population increase that may overrun these goals that may not be met.
Walkablity, network of villages, public transportations, high-speed rail, smart growth, mixed use, and green initiative are all part of the buzz word con game from developers and government officials to convince the public that we can grow our way out the environment and overpopulation problems.
The rail authority's Web site shows 86 trains per day running through Gilroy - that's about one train every 20 minutes. Can this be true or is it campaign hype? Can revenues cannot support this schedule! (BART claimed it would have 90secon headways a train every 90 seconds.)
The high-speed rail should stop at Gilroy or San Jose. It should not have high speed rail stops in the Central Valley because that will promote growth and long distance computes. People use the Southwest Airline to compute to LA daily. Cheap homes and long distance commutes by high-speed rail will result in the elimination of farmlands in the Central Valley. The high-speed rail stops should be LA, Sacramento, possible Stockton, and a South Bay stop at Gilroy or San Jose.
The present CALTRAIN line should be electrified and up grated to allow more local stops and somewhat higher speed trains. The main stops from San Jose to San Francisco should have express bypass tracks to allow the CALTRAIN Baby Bullet trains to provide high-speed service to the Peninsula and San Francisco from the LA, and Sacramento areas. If this is not done the Central Valley agriculture area will be lost. It is one thing to talk "GREEN," it is a hard choice to implement.
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