A state as advanced as California is undeniably deserving of a high-speed rail system. It is a fact that the proposed line would connect the largest city in California to its most vibrant technology hub. It is also likely that the proposed line will lead to jobs creation. What is less certain is that this line will result in increased ridership that would justify its presence.
Instead of a very expensive plan fashioned after a "just build it and they will use it" model, why not build a high-speed connection that serves an already existing pool of commuters who travel from Sacramento to the Bay area. During my 40 years in California, I have not come upon any articles outlining the woes of super commuters traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco, but missives on the Sacramento-Bay challenges have been plentiful. What makes more sense?
-- Leendert Noordzij, Sacramento