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Re: “Who Said Building a Railroad Was Easy?

There has been much talk about the increased effeciencies of transit throughout the state in result of this project. I am a opponent in the manner that high speed rail will have inherit spillover effects for Central Valley communities like Los Banos, Merced, etc.... What will happen to the agricultural rich communities, the heart of commerce for the area, when people from Los Angeles and San Franciscio realize that the one hour trip from mid-valley to the city is well worth the opportunity costs of living outside of their employment centers. These places will see dramatic growth and enviromental externalities. While some municpailties may make revenue generating gains on direct route stops, indirect municipalities may become hollow shells of what they once were. Not to mention the eventual prices of homes will skyrocket from out migration of labor in large metropolitan to smaller farm based communities. Forcing current residents of the Valley route stops from their homes and to flee to other non-transit related, agriculture related centers. Central California voters should be wary of the smoke and mirrors effect generated by this project.

Posted by Joshua Ewen on 01/10/2008 at 1:28 PM

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