Some genius at the California High-cost Rail Authority--and we use the word "authority" with tongue-firmly-in-cheek--has figured out that
By building in the north initially, the state would delay the most difficult and expensive segment of the entire $68-billion project: traversing the geologically complex Tehachapi and San Gabriel mountains with a large system of tunnels and aerial structures.
This acknowledgement that the southern section into L.A. as required by the original bond measure is impossible to actually build anywhere close to the list price sold to voters is causing the switch to....us. Chicken! If something is difficult, we will just put our heads in the sand and go elsewhere. So sad.
The only thing sadder is the fools at places like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group--and we use the work "leadership" with tongue-firmly-in-cheek--encouraging the chicken behavior. Let's hope the San Jose mayor's carefully phrased non-support has some backbone behind it
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said he'd heard rumblings that the city may be back in play for the early spur. Still, he said, he's "not jumping for joy."
"What would be good for San Jose and Silicon Valley would be to have a completed line that connects the entire state," he said. "I'm not terribly interested in political battles over whether it gets to one city before another. I'm more interested in either getting it done completely, or focusing those dollars on intercity transit systems like BART."
Do not be fooled by the South vs. North debate. The answer is to kill this albatross before anymore concrete gets poured in Fresno.