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POLL: A 'Blended' High-Speed Rail System and Electrified Caltrain?

A movement by local elected officials is pushing to electrify Caltrain with High Speed Rail dollars.

With Caltrain's future on the rocks, elected officials are turning to the High Speed Rail Authority to help fund a major electrification effort that would replace Caltrain's diesel trains with electric ones.

In exchange, the Authority would be able to run high-speed trains up the Peninsula on the new tracks. Locals have been thoroughly opposed to running four tracks up the Peninsula, however. But the option for a "blended" system, , is on the table. Do you support it?

Martin Engel March 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Let's be clear here. This is not abstract speculation. Electrification of the Caltrain corridor is contaminated with crass consequences. It is the "Trojan Horse" that will bring HSR on the Caltrain corridor. "Blended System" is code for doing the same thing. Once HSR has a foothold on the corridor, it will be followed with a large number of four-track sections and a promotion of grade separation which will lead, inevitably, to what Caltrain and the rail authority want, four tracks. And, we already know how HSR wants those four tracks configured, don't we? Since all this will take quite a bit of time, a number of years, all the current politicians will no longer be in office. And all the agreements, MOUs and whatever, will have become meaningless. When it comes to Caltrain and high-speed rail, trust no one! Permitting HSR on the corridor in disguise, with such "costumes" as electrification or "blended" alignments, is feckless, deceptive and and affront to all of us.
Michael Talis March 14, 2012 at 07:49 AM
I agree with Martin - couldn't have said it better!
Irvin Dawid March 14, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Nay Sayers will be just that - do you want a smoke-spewing rail system that breaks down frequently or a modern, emission-free train?
Milan Moravec March 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Ca. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier authored the bill that allows public employees to spike their pensions so that pension payments are greater than work pay. Do you trust your tax dollars to DeSaulnier? Who pays? Calif. Democrats and Republicans

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