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Poll: Do You Agree With High-Speed Rail Vote?

Some Belmont leaders and residents are speaking out on the state Legislature's approval of $8 billion in high-speed rail funding. Tell us what you think.

 

As reported by , the California State Assembly and State Senate an initial $8 billion of spending last week for the purposes of constructing the initial leg of the high-speed rail (HSR) network in the Central Valley.

Local assemblymembers in favor of the funding, with Gordon referring to the bill as an early investment in California’s rail system that will benefit California’s infrastructure.

Other proponents say HSR will help vitalize the state's economy and provide a cleaner, more efficient mode of transportation along the Bay Area to Los Angeles corridor.

But , such as Belmont mayor say HRS is a bad idea.

"Building tracks in the Central Valley with low ridership, which won't even be high-speed rail, is a bad plan," said Warden. He added that although the initial funding has been approved, no funding source has been identified for the remaining 80-90 percent of the project.

Warden said he agrees with Sen. Joe Simitian who voted against the project.

claim high-speed rail is a waste of money and a construction nightmare that will decrease land-values and harm nearby businesses, particularly in commercially land-strapped Belmont.

Feierbach said, "I didn't vote for the high-speed rail bond when it came to the voters and I think there must have been a lot of pressure from the various groups for the Democrats to have voted for it," Feierbach said.

Belmont resident expressed his opposition of the project comment section of yesterday's article, "Shame shame on Jerry Hill and Rich Gordon for caving in to special interest and voting for the HSR, even when 60 percent of current voters did not support the project. They just committed the taxpayers of California to spend billions of dollars over the next 50 years on a corrupt project to nowhere."

Lawhern calls out assemblymembers Jerry Hill and Rich Gordon for making Belmont the "sacrificial lamb," since the proposal calls for nine miles of passing tracks to be constructed in Belmont, "...causing a big loss of sales and property taxes and other income for the City."

Tell us in today's poll and in the comment section below how you feel about the Legislature's approval of $8 billion in high-speed rail funding.

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Carmen Lee July 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
it will create jobs, as well as providing (a start) to expand transportation problems in the Bay Area.
1Diane July 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Carmen, Have you fully read all about this project? It's a boondoggle to say the least.
Steve Hayes July 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
The political nature of the route means we will have a SLOW system - an SSR instead of a HSR. So we will have a system that will not live up to voter benefit expectations and will cost a ton of money. It is no wonder the project has lost support. On top of the performance issues you have all of the construction (disruption) issues.
Tom July 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Agreed, and will reduce carbon emissions.
Tim Hoffman July 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Every time I read about high-speed rail I can't help but think of the Monorail episode of The Simpsons. http://youtu.be/mSoa1b-yBUY
Denny Lawhern July 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Shame shame on Jerry Hill and Rich Gordon for caving in to special interest and voting for the HSR, even when 60 % of current voters did not support the project.. They just committed the taxpayers of California to spend billions of dollars over the next 50 years on a corrupt project to nowhere . I and my family and friends have supported them in the past but no more . It's time to remove Jerry Hill, Rich Gordon and Gov. Jerry Brown and any others elected officials that voted for this project. Belmont also just became the "sacrificial lamb" thanks to Jerry Hill and Rich Gordon. 9 miles of extra rails that are needed for the passing tracks will be right here in Belmont , causing a big loss of sales and property taxes and other income for the City.
Bob July 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
It is a boondoogle for sure but when I read about it, I can't help but remember the grade separation. The time that was involved crossing El Camino and the car that nugged me into the sand barrels.that were in place at the time.
Phyllis McArthur July 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
TIM!!! SO Funny! My coffee almost shot out my nose, laughing so hard! You made my day, thanks!
Paul B. July 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Shame on Jerry Hill, Rich Gordon and David Braustein and Christine Wozniak who give lip service and fail to show up to stop this California Rip Off. Prop. 1A said to the voters, the State would build a High Speed Rail System with a specific time limits between LA and Sacramento. The current proposed plan does not even come close. This is a fast train at 115 mph at best and only 85 mph locally. The track they want to install will never be upgradable to a true HSR system of 200 mph. They Lie and Obviscate the issue with false compromises and collusions with different authorities. Electrifing the Cal -Train system as a spin off is really a rip-off of these Federal Intended Monies. How do the other 49 states feel about bailing out California's Budget Deficit ? The obamunists have pulled a fast one on the other 49 states by helping California Democrats Lie!

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