Speed Rail

Dear J-

I’m reading the text of the proposed Proposition 1A — in the past I’d contented myself with reading the pro and con arguments and their rebuttals, and maybe the Legislative Analyst’s analysis, if I had the time.  Since there’s just under a month to go, and the only thing that I haven’t quite made my mind up on are the propositions, I figure I might as well exert my mind a little and see what’s worth voting for.  Well, that’s the plan, anyway, as four thin pages of Prop 1A is enough to give me a headache.

So I gave up — for now — and concentrated on plotting the chart of where these high-speed rail links are supposed to go instead.

The nine billion (!) dollars are only for the link from San Francisco to LA, as far as I can tell, and the way up from San Diego avoids the heavily populated centers of Orange County.  So long as it works, I suppose, but with the proposed routes and cities served as it stands on the bill, I would be hard-pressed to find much utility (e.g. the shifting of air passengers from San Diego to Los Angeles) in it, at least from where I live.



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