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High-speed rail team makes whistle stop in MV

Original post made on May 6, 2016

With a fresh new business plan in hand, officials with the California High Speed Rail Authority updated Mountain View leaders on Tuesday about how the complicated statewide project would impact the Peninsula. Currently, that plan doesn't call for a stop in Mountain View -- or anywhere on the Peninsula.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:59 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Brown's Biggest Boondoggle
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 6, 2016 at 9:04 am

Jerry Brown will be long gone by the time a high speed train starts running in California after 15 years of cost overruns. And then one guy will climb onto the roof of a train car - or sabotage a foot of track - or just issue a threat - and no customers will ever again ride that death trap. Name that train line the BBB (Brown's Biggest Boondoggle).

Posted by TQ
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 6, 2016 at 5:11 pm

When people and goods move, money and opportunity will arrive.

Yes, we need infrastructure, it will only generate money in the long run and boost economy.

Support to provide convenience to to the bay area people and improve the quality of life by not sitting in the traffic on 101.

This country is falling behind the Japan, Singapore Europe, all the first world countries even china in terms of infrastructure. We can't just rely on what our founding fathers has built, we should carry on and be a world leader in infrastructure and efficiency of life.

Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

If Japan, China, and most of Europe can do high-speed rail, I am sure California can do it too. It has provided benefits in those places and reduced car traffic and I expect the same to happen here. Infrastructure projects only get more expensive the longer you wait, so let's get this done!

Posted by psr
a resident of The Crossings
on May 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Another social engineering project financed by taxpayers for the benefit of non-taxpayers. BART was sold with this same set of lines, claiming everybody in the Bay Area would use it because it would take you essentially door to door. It didn't then and it still doesn't. We don't need another multi-billion dollar project to prove this again.

We need water storage infrastructure that benefits ALL citizens, not a train that will carry less than 1% of the people paying for it. Stop wasting money on things we don't need and try doing some good for a change.

Posted by Rick
a resident of Willowgate
on May 6, 2016 at 6:17 pm

This is still the same boondoggle that it has always been. Now for sure there will be no benefit to Mountain View.

Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Doug Pearson is a registered user.

I can't agree with psr's comment that we "need water storage infrastructure" instead of high speed rail.

First, I think we need both; and second, I think we ALSO need desalination, serious highway and street maintenance, child care (both preschool and after school), zero or near-zero tuition at all community college, CSU, and UC campuses, and universal medical care.

And we need increased property taxes and state income taxes, especially for incomes above $500,000, to pay for all the things we need that the state does not have money for today.

Posted by vkmo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm

It's just San Jose to San Francisco Airport, so it will skip Mountain View

Posted by researcher
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2016 at 12:29 am

Yes. Mountain View. Makes sense.

Posted by Jeff
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2016 at 9:04 am

It would make more sense to go from Gilroy, Morgan Hill to the San Jose light rail. Only a very low percentage of workers will benefit from San Jose to SF at a cost of billions of dollars and cutting the SF Peninsula into two.

Posted by Jason L. Tulock
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Tripo lies. The cost when complete will stagger the imagination if it makes it past a grade in the Central Valley. We will not know the number as we will all be dead. They are feeding consultants families.

Jay Tulock, Vacaville

Posted by Brown's Biggest Boondoggle
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 9, 2016 at 11:45 pm

This is not just about consultants. There are construction companies, landowners, rail employees - lots of special interests stand to make a forture off of BROWN'S BIGGEST BOONDOGGLE. And if you live near the tracks in Mountain View in 15 years, you might get to see the fast train fly by. What a thrill that will be.

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