Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This Train Is Bound For...Nowhere?

I am an Angeleno at heart and a musician by trade. I really couldn't do public transportation if I even WANTED to. But some where not born to live behind the wheel. And I'm ok with that. But let's not throw money down a whole California. I just heard this. Farmers in the Central Valley requested an environmental impact check before starting construction on the bullet train. The request was denied. on top of that most surveys seem to show that the train is unlikely to be widely used.

Buyers' remorse for California's 'bullet train to nowhere'

A new poll shows almost three fifths would oppose the bullet train and halt public borrowing if given another chance to vote.

Almost seven in 10 said that, if the train ever does run between Los Angeles and San Francisco, they would "never or hardly ever" use it.

Not a single person said they would use it more than once a week, and only 33 per cent said they would prefer the bullet train over a one hour plane journey or seven hour drive. The cost of a ticket, estimated at $123 each way, also put many off. Jerry Brown, California's Democrat governor, has championed the project as a way to create jobs and is backed by unions. The 74-year-old governor has been personally committed to a high speed rail link since the 1970s.

In California's Central Valley, farmers fight in their fields and court to block high-speed rail

By Mike Rosenberg

While Central Valley construction workers are eager for the high-speed train to come to town, a vocal anti-bullet train sentiment has spread across the farmlands of small, conservative Madera County, which now stands as the last barrier in the path of a groundbreaking next summer.

The farmers and the county here are suing to block the first 29 miles of high-speed rail from coming through the exact center of California, and a Sacramento judge on Friday is expected to rule on their request. It's a possible preview of battles to come in the Bay Area if the project moves forward.

The farmers argue the project doesn't meet standards set by California's environmental laws. While the lawsuit may be a long shot, the state concedes the case could cause delays that would force it to give back federal funding and essentially send the project back to the drawing board.

Since when does California not bend over backwards to ensure there is no environmental impact? Why destroy all of these family farms? So Cali, let's get real. Do we need to spend that money on a service that most people don't want and WILL NOT USE? The budget is already going off the rails on a .... SHAAAAAARON!!!!

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