Resolved: California’s High Speed Rail Authority Ought to Respond to this Readable Report from the NIMBYs of Palo Alto

I think our California High-Speed Rail Authority should respond to this recent report:

The Financial Risks of California’s Proposed High-Speed Rail Project: A Review And Assessment Of Publicly Available Materials

(I don’t think they will, but I think they should.)

It would be easy to go point by point. See?

This is just for starters:

Of course a lot of the rich people of Counties San Mateo and Santa Clara wouldn’t want more RR tracks in their backyards even if they didn’t have to pay for it – that’s what makes them NIMBYs. And the principal author frets about the effects of HSR on tony Atherton, CA. But these Peninsulans deserve an answer from the authoritahs, do they not?

Point by point, that’s the way to do it.

Just saying…

“We do not oppose high-speed rail in concept. It seems to work in parts of Europe and Japan and possibly elsewhere. The 2008 Prop 1A promise that captured many voters was that the California High-Speed Rail (CHSR) would not cost the taxpayer a penny. After months of work on this report, we are forced to conclude that the Authority’s promise seems an impossible goal.”

AUTHORS

Alain C. Enthoven – Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and
Private Management (emeritus), GSB Stanford; President,
Litton Medical Products; Economist, Rand Corporation;
President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service;
Baxter Prize for Health Services Research; Fellow American
Academy of Arts and Sciences; Founder, Jackson Hole Group
(BA Economics, Stanford; Rhodes Scholar–Oxford; PhD
Economics, MIT)

William C. Grindley – World Bank; Associate Division Director,
SRI International; Founder and CEO, Pacific Strategies, ret.
(B Architecture, Clemson; Master of City Planning, MIT)

William H. Warren – 40 years of Silicon Valley finance, sales
and consulting experience, management, including CEO of
several start-ups, Director/Officer at ROLM, Centigram, and
Memorex (MBA, Stanford)

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