Posted by ben, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Questionnaire for the Peninsula Cities Consortium Teach In
1. What is your zip code? 94043
2. Do you live: Within 1/2 mile of the Caltrain corridor? Yes
3. What was your main concern regarding the High Speed Rail project prior to the Teach In? Please be as specific as possible.
High-Speed Rail supports growth and overpopulation. It promotes commuting to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, and urban sprawl growth in the Central Valley towns where there are stops.
4. Were your concerns addressed at the Teach In? Please be as specific as possible.
No, overpopulation was not even mentioned nor was the increased need of services addressed – water, dumpsites, schools, prisons, etc.
5. What part of the Teach In did you find most interesting or informative? (a particular panel, a speaker, the Open Space Technology)
Local Caltrain problems addressed by speaker that pointed out the complications and problems the he does not totally understand. (The attendees cannot even begin to understand the problems.)
6. What information do you feel was missing from the Teach In discussions?
What was missing was consideration of stopping High-Speed Rail at Gilroy San Jose and connecting it an improved local and express Caltrain system. That would allow more service to local stations and express stations stops. Smaller stations could be bypassed by a system of bypass tracks to allow better express to major Peninsula stops and San Francisco. (Many people in the Open Space Technology Session discussed this approach and would like to see it implemented. This would allow High-Speed Rail to add a line through the Altamont Pass to connect to BART – this saves the cost of tunneling through the Peninsula and local transit services are connected efficiently.)
(Skipped to Question 12.)
12. Do you have any additional comments related to the HSR project you would like to share?
There was no discussion or considerations of the negative aspects of growth or the negative impact on the environment. There also was no discussion of the comparison of air line services that serve various locations (airports)in the L.A. Area and the S.F. Bay Area. The was no discussion of the number of passenger that would be using the high-speed rail service – the totally over inflated number that that each train would carry – 117,000,000 passenger annually, 365 days a year, 86 trains/day = 3,727 rider on each train?
13. Do you have any additional comments about the Teach In you would like to share?
Most people were concerned about their personal interests and not concerned about the impact to California. Also there was no discussion about the creations of jobs that will start the creation of the next unemployment bubble. What officials and most people have not figured out is that there are not too few jobs, there are too many people for the number of essential jobs need to sustain a society!