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Opinion: Why California should continue building high-speed rail

(Source: San Jose Mercury News opinion column by Ron Diridon Sr., February 14, 2018. Mr. Diridon is chair emeritus of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The reason for building high-speed rail is to protect our Bay Area economy. Per Caltrans, 133,000 daily vehicle trips were averaged during 2016 peak months on Interstate 580 at Highway 205 headed into Silicon Valley. Highway 152 averaged 47,000 daily vehicles during peak months. Many fearsome 18-wheel trucks joined the vastly overcapacity daily migration connecting the Central Valley’s affordable housing to Silicon Valley’s irresistible job market. That trip (2-4 hours each direction) is dangerous, time consuming and emotionally debilitating. Burning $3-4 per gallon gasoline (more in the future) also depletes a family’s fiscal well-being and adds dramatically to climate change.

Full story: San Jose Mercury News

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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