California High-Speed Rail Authority Sabotaging Transbay JPA?
|September 14, 2009||Posted by jamie under Transbay Transit Center|
Why would the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) start creating uncertainty about the San Francisco terminus for their high-speed rail train at exactly the point in time that the Transbay Joint Powers Authority is attempting to get a $400 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)? The ARRA money is intended to stimulate job creation, and that requires “shovel ready” projects. CHSRA is suddenly talking about a San Francisco terminus at 4th & King in Mission Bay (Caltrain station) or between Mission and Harrison along Beale Street in Rincon Hill (purely delusional considering the property acquisitions this location would require).
People with common sense believe that the San Francisco terminus was decided upon by the voters of California in November 2008 when we passed Prop 1A. If you look up the exact legislation for Prop 1A, it clearly states in Article 2:
It is the intent of the Legislature by enacting this chapter and of the people of California by approving the bond measure pursuant to this chapter to initiate the construction of a high-speed train system that connects the San Francisco Transbay Terminal to Los Angeles Union Station and Anaheim, and links the state’s major population centers, including Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego consistent with the authority’s certified environmental impact reports of November 2005 and July 9, 2008.
The Governor and Attorney General have the power to make the CHSRA folks cease this monkeying around and gambling with thousands of potential jobs in San Francisco if the Transbay JPA wins the $400 million grant. Tune in to Eric’s Transbay Blog entry to learn how to contact Arnold and to let him know that there should be no question that the Transbay Transit Center is the San Francisco terminus for California’s high-speed rail train.