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More than 500 attend 'high speed boondoggle' rally

Original post made on Nov 8, 2010

Hundreds of critics of California's proposed high-speed rail project packed into Burlingame's Caltrain station Sunday afternoon to wave protest signs, chant "Boondoggle!" and vent their anger about the increasingly controversial project -- especially the possibility of an elevated railway.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:42 AM

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Posted by Likesrail
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Sadly, Mountain View City officials were missing from this event. High Speed rail through Mountain View will cost the City, and us, many millions of dollars for such 'extras' as parking for a station.

I would like to see the Council take a stronger stand on this issue.

I'd love to have good rail on the Peninsula; for a fraction of the cost of HSR, we can electrify, upgrade, and modernize our very own Caltrain. No need for new tracks, no need for eminent domain. Sure, it's not as sexy, but it would give us 95% or more of the benefits of HSR, at 1% of the cost.

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Posted by NotOnMyWatch
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Nov 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Its so true. Once someone says "The Emperor has no clothes!" others begin to see everything more clearly.

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I guess all these rich people don't want to see any advances in our public transportation because these folks can afford to drive a 4x4 luxury vehicle and a $4 a gallon gas, they don't seem to have the benefits of the ordinary folks like me would gain if there is a high speed train. These tea baggers don't want their million dollar homes right next to the track losing any value and want to keep their status quo.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

@jupiterk: You are sounding like an angry communist.

First off, I think that people are against a wasteful and clearly poorly run project vs HSR in general (which I am personally against)

Secondly, I think that @likesrail's comments are apropos i.e. how about we fix local public transportation first?

I am really sick and tired of listening to people complaining about the wealthy and somehow thinking that society owes them a certain standard of living just because they breath the air and consume space.

Why should "rich folk" subsidize your standard of living? Most of them worked hard, made substantial sacrifices and took risks to earn their wealth. I don't see why they owe you or anyone else anything - let alone a High Speed Rail system.

We are fortunate to live in a country that provides almost limitless opportunity to those with the initiative and will to pursue their dreams. Does it have it's problems? Of course; however, you will not find another country that will afford you the same possibilities as you'll find here.

Take it from an immigrant who came here with almost nothing to his name.

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Posted by vkmo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

High Speed Rail is needed and is a good transportation alternative. It can't be too expensive because funds are limited presently. However, if it's a success then funds will become available for more expensive options - such as a tunnel.

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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Are people aware that increasing our highways for half the transportation capacity would be multiple times more expensive? And don't get me started on the Costs of Airports. I suppose old expensive technology is better than a less expensive new technology.

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Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

Are ordinary folks asking "rich folk" for a handout, or are rich folk demanding this project be killed because they personally don't want it and they figure their opinion is greater than that of the average Californian?

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