JP Colin commented on the blog post California Legislature Passes High Speed Rail Bond Issue, Moving Project Forward
I guess, outside of blatantly partisan arguments going on here, my question would be how many jobs is this proposed to create? I am not fond of the tone of the criticism of the project by the detractor, but I also did not see any information suggesting that there was an outcry for this as a transportation option. If not, was it sold on the creation of jobs in California? If so, how many jobs does it create?
I generally find that I am mostly fond of what Jerry Brown proposes as necessary for the state of California. I also understand the timing being driven by a desire to tap into federal money that will expire otherwise. However, I am concerned that there was not more emphasis on connecting this project to other greener types of transportation projects already in the pipeline. If this does not meet a major transportation need, as HSR meet in the Northeast, then it is really is a program that will not be borne out as justified by attracting a requisite amount of riders.
And honestly, there really is not a lot of routine business travel between the areas in the south and north serviced by this project. In the Northeast, there is a constant flow of commuters that move to all points from Washington DC to Boston and back. There just does not appear to be the same business or tourist traffic that would be supported. Perhaps there are some reports or other analyses that someone can point out that I have not seen that suggests otherwise. Thanks.