Re "Would rail cynics have nixed our federal highways" (Editorials, April 5): The report of the Governmental Accountability Office notwithstanding, the current estimate for this project is so low as to border on the ridiculous. The report also glosses over the fact that high-speed rail would require a hefty subsidy every year to keep running. It is hard to imagine that private investors would participate in a project that loses money every year.
The federal highway system is funded by gas taxes, or at least it was before half of those taxes were siphoned off for other uses.
Another convenient fact that is overlooked is that the trains would travel at 220 miles per hour for only a small part of the trip. With all the stops enroute, and travel through urban areas at both ends of the line, the average speed would probably be less than 100 mph.
-- William Palazzini, Granite Bay