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on Feb 11, 2010
The MV CIty Council is getting walked all over! We'll end up with the most obtrusive part of the package-- the terminus of the Palo ALto boondoggle tunnel-- running through half of town. The entrance to downtown Mtn View will be a big concrete wall.
Man up, council,and pay attention! Anyone talking about how much of a financial contribution is expected from local cities? If this happens, MV will have no choice but to sell development rights that will turn the area in and around downtown into another Sunnyvale.
Oh god, not another Sunnyvale!
I saw an interesting idea on a Google personal map. It involved running the Light Rail single track down the center of Central and letting the light rail right-of-way go to HSR. Now maybe think of a HSR terminus at Mountain view downtown - but with the whole top of the Central- Whisman, Light Rail, Caltrain (HSR) covered by a multi-acre multi-transit facility. Central, Caltrain, HSR all slide beneath, Light Rail ends like it does now - but on story #2. Think NYC Grand Central Station but on a smaller scale.
Of course, this only saves the $2,000,000,000 to underground through our neighbors to the north, and not the + $2,000,000,000 to underground through the I280 complex in downtown SJ.
One set of switches to track the HSR to an electrified Caltrain, several dozen overpasses and 100 miles of prefab sound barriers would make a much cheaper (and not much slower) system,
PS - Alma expressway and the current rails effectively cut PA in two anyway! What is that fuss?
this is f'ing ridiculous! you penninsula nimby's ruined a chance for bart to extend down the penninsula back in the 70's when you voted down a 1/2 cent sales tax!
you get no more say in mass transit. you are all too stupid and selfish!
sorry. truth hurts, actions speak even louder.
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