Re "Would rail cynics have nixed our federal highways?" (Editorials, April 5):
Of course rail critics would support the federal interstate highways because unlike the California high speed rail system, it is (a) interstate (motorists in the contiguous 48 states all benefit) and (b) financing was established from the start with gasoline excise tax.
The Highway Trust Fund, established by the Highway Revenue Act in 1956, prescribed a three-cent-per-gallon fuel tax, soon increased to 4.5 cents per gallon as the primary source of funds in addition to toll funds, bonds, etc.
The High Speed Rail Proposition 1A calls for federal, state, local, and private funding. What local sources have stepped up to contribute? Not San Jose, and we are a major hub. Perhaps the city of Sacramento can show support by kicking in 3 or 4 hundred million dollars?
-- John Adams, San Jose