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November 29, 2009


Joe Witherspoon

I was born in Burlingame and lived within the city for 30 years. I think it's great that high speed rail will be coming in via the Peninsula. Burlingame likes to believe it's still rural farmland in the 1900s. Unfortunately, it's between 2 major freeways, adjacent to one of the world's most busy airports and one of the most visited cosmopolitan cities in the world. The modernization with the help of High Speed Rail will suit Burlingame just fine.

Ron Fulderon

Every year more and more government funds will be needed to finance the building and then maintenance of this luxurious turkey. It is a monster that will contribute to the destruction of the solvency of California.


Yes, the HSR project sounds great in concept, which is why the November 2008 bond measure passed. However, anyone that has dug deeper knows that the project is built around a flawed business plan, flawed ridership projections, flawed funding assumptions and the arrogance of a board that thinks they can ram this project down our throats with the cheapest and fastest construction possible.

Joe, since “lived” connotes past tense, I am guessing that you no longer live in Burlingame. Perhaps you would feel differently about what suits Burlingame if a 100 ft. wide, 30-ft. high structure, with whining catenary wires was planned to run through your living room. We have become accustomed to people that don’t live in our community telling us what is good for us. Heck, none of the HSR Board members live here and their Peninsula outreach representative lives in Marin.

What an irony that HSR is designed to benefit our environment by reducing our dependence on the automobile, yet it is set to destroy some of the most established walkable and bikable communities in California, as it barrels through the Peninsula.

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