By Gary Richards : mercurynews – excerpt
Our crumbling roadways are not a call for action to raise the gas tax. It’s a call for action to stop the $71 billion crazy train also known as high-speed rail. Our roads are deteriorating around us. There is little money to fix them, yet we can find $71 billion for a fool’s errand that even the high-speed rail authority says may relieve only 1 percent of traffic.
Now that sounds crazy to me!…
When state voters approved a bond measure in 2008 to cover the first $10 billion for high-speed rail, the estimate for the total cost of the project was $40 billion to build tracks from the Bay Area to Los Angeles... (more)