High-speed rail is the right step into future 

Like some coal-powered locomotive puffing out black smoke, the naysayers are out in full force with their doomsday predictions on high-speed rail for California.

They were around, too, when the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge were proposed during the Great Depression (“they’re too expensive!”); when the Central Valley Water Project was proposed (“a fantastic dream that will not work”); and even for our heavily used BART system (“a fiasco”) before construction had even started. 

Where would we be today without those projects?

Three cheers to the California Senate for approving high-speed rail in these trying times. As the system comes online, we will have thousands more jobs, less pollution, less dependence on foreign oil, less traffic and more mobility choices.  

Shame on the Republicans for trying to pull the brakes on yet another project for the public good.

Forward-looking politicians — we need more of them.

Paul Svedersky
San Francisco

A better way to travel

I will most certainly be riding high-speed rail from Northern California to Southern California when it’s built.

California is completely saturated with highways and roads — all of them clogged with traffic. We can’t simply just add another lane to Interstate 5 or any other highway and expect that travel times will be reduced. The cost to simply just add another lane to a highway is a tremendous expense that we’re used to paying as Californians. But no more. With high-speed rail, there will be a more efficient and ultimately lower-cost way to get up and down this state — minus the car and airport nightmares.

I’m in full support of high-speed rail!

Sean Carney
San Francisco

 

Clarity needed on Hetchy

While I am glad the Hetch Hetchy question is on the ballot, I don’t agree with tearing down the reservoir or uprooting the system. The system was catalyzed by the federal 1913 Raker Act. Not even a city ballot will unhinge this relationship.

It will, however, shake up the current unsupervised process for the issuance of revenue bonds by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Currently, about 20 percent of bond revenues have been spent on actual Hetch Hetchy fix-up work, while nearly $2 billion languishes in a treasurer’s account earning approximately 1.25 percent. The bonds have an estimated cost to the ratepayers of about 4.5 percent.

Let sunshine in and let the politicians prove that they really learned something from the financial debacle of 2008.

Brian Browne
San Francisco

 

Fix GG Park bicycle lanes

Thank you, Thomas Kleinhenz, for your letter about the mess on John F. Kennedy Drive (“GG Park bike lanes are dangerous to all,” July 6).

The first time I saw it, I thought it was a massive traffic jam. In reality, it is dangerous beyond comprehension. Parents try to get their children safely to the curbs while bicyclists speed by. Cautious bicyclists cannot ride swiftly in a leisurely way on the jammed roadway.

The actual driving lanes are narrow where once there was ample room to go around a stopped car; even parking is complicated by the narrow driving lanes.  

I ask The City to reconsider this plan and get rid of this parking lot in the middle of what once was a beautiful drive.

Tess Joseph
San Francisco

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