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  •  I Used To Ride Metrolink, Fullerton To Hollywood (3+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd, splintersawry, bcdelta

    Every weekday for 18 months. Loved it. The fact that I lived in Fullerton just across the street from CSUF and about two miles from the Metrolink station made it all the better.

    That said even during the peak hours that I was riding the train I have to believe it was still losing money. In addition my monthly train pass and the shuttle to haul me and the rest of the train riders to and from Union Station was being subsidized by the company I worked for, as the company was otherwise considered a pretty big polluter.

    CA is just not a train state, and the way the population centers and infrastructure is laid out it's never going to be a train state in the way that the HSR people want it to be, even if gas goes to $8 a gallon.

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:54:52 PM PDT

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    •  As a Californian, I unhappily must agree. (1+ / 0-)
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      bcdelta

      This could be a serious impediment to future HSR projects, as it's going to be unbelievably expensive and will balloon out even further with all of the NIMBY's in the Bay Area.

      Money should be spent on shoring up the huge deficit, as I don't think any tax increases are going to fly with the public...even if they're just for the rich.

      The meme that governments have made promises that they cannot keep is pretty much everywhere.  With the economy and UE where it is, you're not seeing a lot of empathy, either.

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