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Rail Authority drops tunnel, trench options

Original post made on Aug 5, 2010

Deep tunnels and covered trenches have been dropped as alternatives for the Mountain View and Midpeninsula portion of the state's high-speed-line under the latest plan from the California High Speed Rail Authority, officials disclosed today (Thursday).

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 5, 2010, 2:35 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by Mik, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Guess that station everyone wanted in MV isn't happening.


Posted by resident, a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Voters need to act smart. Elect Meg Whitman.She will stop this HSR project.Our state is already in financial sinkhole and top of that this high speed rail project which is going to be a disaster will make living impossible. If we elect Jerry Brown, project will go ahead and we will repent for our own acts for electing Mr. Brown.


Posted by Marie, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

No more at-grade trains, please. They interfere with foot, bicycle, and auto traffic.


Posted by Landmark, a resident of Gemello
on Aug 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

We should plant some landmark trees near the tracks so the HSR will have to tunnel under them like in PA.


Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Did I miss something? I thought they were only going to put one station between SF and SJ with RWC, PA and MV in the mix... how did Santa Clara get selected as the winner?


Posted by Kristine, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

If I had to pick, I'd go with the open or partially covered trench. The two wouldn't be as nearly as well tolerated.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Dump the whole stupid HSR idea. It's an idiotic boondoggle, a waste of money. And Meg Whitman is probably the worst possible choice for governor, although I must commend her marketing skills in getting her face on the one-dollar bill.


Posted by Jack, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

What an outrageous pork-barrel project this is. Nobody is paying any attention to the recent report showing corruption and graft at every level, before construction has even started. Thanks a lot, Diridon and Co., for foisting this ghastly boondoggle on the public.


Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 6, 2010 at 11:28 am

I'm not sure why electing Meg Whitman is necessary to stop high-speed rail. It's already going to peter out when the high speed rail authority uses up all the current funds on public image consultants, and Aeron chairs and espresso machines for the office. We voters could stop it even earlier with a ballot initiative.


Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

Just guessing that Santa Clara is now in the running for a station because they voted to build a stadium for the 49ers.


Posted by Sid, a resident of The Crossings
on Aug 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Boy I can't wait until they clear cut all those beautiful trees up and down Central Expressway. HSR will gut the place. If we're lucky we will get a freeway wall to replace them.


Posted by steve, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Oh my gosh, this is just so shocking! Who would have ever guessed that there would be corruption and mismanagement when voters sign over 10 billion dollars of money we don't have to a bunch of political flacks.

If this epic white elephant of a project proceeds it will cost significantly more than the projected budget - Government projects always do. More importantly, we quite simply cannot afford it... This I realize is a novel concept for the voters and elected officials of California

@Old Ben: Actually Jerry Brown is the worst possible choice for governor, unless of course you're a card carrying member of a public workers union


Posted by Big Al, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Old Ben and I work at City Hall. Gerry Brown is our best hope of hanging on to our far pensions.


Posted by NoHSR, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

GAWD! Can't we stop this SOMEHOW?!?!
WASTE OF YOUR KID'S AND GRANDKID'S MONEY!!!!


Posted by Thetruth, a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

notice all the teabagger whiner type comments...OOOHSR will be paid by are Great great grandkids!!! NO that would be the Trillion dollar war !!! BUILD HSR NOW..to hell with the naysayers


Posted by resident, a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Big Al, all unions are destructive and that is the reason we are in economic sinkhole.The people who do not respect them self they become unions and politicians like Boxer and Brown depend on them.


Posted by Ben, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I just did a calculation on the number of daily riders of SkyTain (Vancouver) for an area that has 1.3 million people. It is 5.42 percent. An overwhelming success?

Spending billions for 5 percent of the people will get of the roads. People vote to get them off the road so they can drive.


Posted by Rodger, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Does anybody have any ideas as to how we can get started on recall for this silly project? If so please write me at jp94041@yahoo.com


Posted by Jane, a resident of The Crossings
on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

How can we stop this project? Who should we write to? our mayors, council members, senator, congressman? If any of you have more ideas, please let us know! Thanks!


Posted by Robert McGinn, a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Thetruth wrote:

"notice all the teabagger whiner type comments...OOOHSR will be paid by are Great great grandkids!!! NO that would be the Trillion dollar war !!! BUILD HSR NOW..to hell with the naysayers"

Would you make "Thetruth" your financial advisor? NEITHER WOULD I.

Because the war may be even more of a financial burden on our kids and their kids than the proposed HSR boondoggle is NOT EXACTLY A GOOD REASON FOR PROCEEDING WITH THIS FIASCO PROJECT which would wind up costing a tenth of a trillion dollars (roughly $100 billion, not to mention the annual operating deficit that will result from having to price its tickets below South West Airlines tickets.)


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