California bullet trains might go somewhere, someday
A piece in the Examiner today talks about several possible alternate routes for bullet trains through the Bay Area. They might go by Modesto, they might go by Gilroy. They might go past places you’ve never heard of, called Shinn and Greenville. They might even go in a tube across the bay.
Or nothing might happen at all.
Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger earlier this month practically eliminated the budget for the project, moving High Speed Rail Authority Executive Director Mehdi Morshed to lament:
The project is for all practical purposes dead. We might as well close shop. Having our office open serves no public purpose.
Strangely, there was no mention of this problem in the Examiner story, which is full of glowing images of sub $50 tickets to go from SF to LA and trains whizzing at over 300 mph.
The map accompanying the article in the Examiner was unreadable. The online illustration in their story is slightly better. You can click the picture above for a blowup. But the real map is here in PDF format on the CA High Speed Rail Authority website.
I have the feeling Schw. is out of step on this issue. Even San Joachin Valley Republicans want the train, as shown in this Fresno Bee story from last week about local officials arguing for a station to be built in the Visalia area, saying that “Tulare-Kings will have a population of 1 million by 2030 and deserves a station.” (What is “Tulare-Kings”? The name of two counties in the Valley, as shown by the popup map linked from that Fresno Bee story.)