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Vote Yes On Prop 1A – High Speed Rail

October 30, 2008

I drive to San Jose a lot. Other than getting to listen to a lot of music, it sucks. (Watching the fog roll over the mountains onto 280 is pretty cool though.)

I would love nothing more than to take Caltrain, but it is just too slow. Given the time it takes to get to and from each station, I’m looking at a 2.5 hour trip each way, vs a 45 min to 1 hour drive. 79 mph? Baby bullet my ass. (And it doesn’t stop in Santa Clara — what’s up with that?)

At no point should I be able to drive faster than its top speed. Trains were going 79 mph 100 years ago. This is embarrassing for California – take the Shinkansen or the TGV and see what I mean. My best trip ever? Paris to London through the Chunnel in the bar car. I got more work done than I ever do on airplanes. Plus, the bar car.

Anyway, I am a big fan of a true bullet train (200 mph+) down through San Jose to LA. 20 minutes to Palo Alto, 30 minutes to San Jose, under 3 hours to LA. And one day it will go up to Sacramento, another drive that sucks. (Could the Capitol Corridor Amtrak be any slower through Richmond to Benicia?)

I love the videos on this page of the train whipping by cars on the highway and the existing Caltrain:

If I saw that zooming by, I would be annoyed enough to take the train. And I am sure we could add a good taco truck car.

Some good analysis over at the Transbay Blog:

Anyway, vote yes on 1A and bring California trains into the 20th century.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. burritojustice permalink*
    November 1, 2008 2:18 am

    A much better post than mine over at Telstar Logisitics.

    Endorsement: YES on Prop 1A for California High-Speed Rail, YES for Sexy

    I think that is my bar car!

  2. burritojustice permalink*
    November 1, 2008 2:28 am

    MagLev Trains By 2025 In Japan, Could Reach 361 MPH!

    So San Jose in 18 minutes, LA in an hour and a half. (Damn!) In, hmmm, 2060 (Damn?)

    For those of you who thought my 20th century comment was a typo — in 1865, the inaugural run of the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad set a speed record of 67 mph. Caltrain goes 79 mph today. 12 mph in 143 years? That’s not sexy.

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