Support for the high-speed rail

08/14/2014 10:08 AM

08/15/2014 6:05 PM

Re "Lack of land slows work on California bullet train project" (Aug. 14): In considering support for the high-speed rail, the following should be reviewed.

Letters of opposition to the Golden Gate bridge published in San Francisco newspapers of the late 1920s and early 1930s. See the SFGATE website.

Details of the Southern Pacific Railroad opposition to the bridge due to the potential loss of income from their ferry business. See SFGATE website.

The role of SF property owners in financing the bridge, total cost $73,000,000.

The role of the mayor of Santa Rose in informing Marin residents of the benefits to the redwood empire that would be received.

As an example for the head in the sand people, please consider what Highways 99 and 101 would look like daily if Interstate 5 had not been built.

For your consideration please see the PBS/KVIE series, "Saving the Bay".

-- Lawrence A. Johnson, Fair Oaks

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