Re "Another effort begins to derail bullet train" (The Buzz, Jan. 13): The death of high-speed rail, which appears to quite possible, is tragic. It is really too bad that the High-Speed Rail Authority did not listen to the consultant from the French rail system, who recommended a route from Los Angeles to Bakersfield and then up the Interstate-5 corridor. Ah, yes. All on land owned by the state, the route would accommodate a wide meridian for the rails, and room east and west of the road for a third-lane expansion if needed. In as much as air travel between Paris and London fell by about 90 percent a year after Eurostar high-speed train was launched, I have no doubt the same thing would happen for the Los Angeles-San Francisco air route. But the I-5 routing makes sense, and cents, does it not?
-- John T. Johnston, Sacramento