We need a faster Capital Corridor no

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Re "Different vision for train travel is needed to serve urban riders" (Viewpoints, Feb. 15): It's about time someone with official standing started thinking about improving the Capitol Corridor train service.

Steve Cohn's op-ed is most encouraging. However, he mentions 80 mph trains. I guess they cold go that fast, but it currently takes 3:08 hours to go 133 miles from Sacramento to San Jose, an average speed slightly below 44 mph.

In 1876 a train from the East Coast to San Francisco averaged over 35 mph, and that included more rugged terrain than from Sacramento to the South Bay.

Deferring higher-speed electrified tracks and trains separated from freight traffic should not be postponed to a more distant future. It should be considered now, even as improvements are made to our current appallingly slow Capital Corridor.

-- Edric Cane, Carmichael

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