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March 13, 2020



To my point about how to better spend HSR money: From today's DJ

Caltrain is also adjusting service after seeing significantly low ridership since efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus began. Morning and afternoon peak hour service will no longer feature Baby Bullet service. Local and limited service will continue to operate as scheduled, as will off-peak service, including midday and weekend service.

One-way and Day Pass ticket sales have declined by approximately 75% from their levels two weeks ago. Caltrain is assessing the impact reduced ridership will have on its ability to maintain operations in the coming months.



The Adam Corolla Show podcast, 19 March 2020: Part 1 minute 57--excellent commentary on HSR.


After hearing from the NorCal regional director for HSR yesterday during a presentation on the latest Business Plan, you will be pleased to learn that the construction in the Central Valley is considered an "essential service" exempt from the shelter-in-place restrictions in effect in California.


Here is news out of Sacramento today:

Lenny Mendonca, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top business adviser and chairman of the High-Speed Rail Authority, is leaving the administration to focus on his family and personal business.

Newsom’s office announced the departure Friday night. In a statement, Newsom praised Mendonca for launching an initiative aimed at improving the economic fortunes of the state’s inland counties and kicking off Newsom’s Future of Work Commission.

Mendonca, a former senior partner at the consulting powerhouse McKinsey & Company, has long been a go-to adviser for Newsom.


To often the term "leaving __________________
to focus my Family and personal business" "Rings Hollow."
I am not saying this is the case for Mr. Mendosa. He has been a great advocate for Governor Newsome.
However, 3/5's of the time, leaving _________, for "family and business" applies only to Government Employees and Official's.

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