Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

  • Mood:

Dumbarton Rail Activism

For various reasons, I missed both the Newark and Menlo Park public scoping meetings for the Dumbarton Rail Project. Fortunately, tonight is the third and final meeting, in Fremont, which is where I live anyway. Given that most of the people quoted in the newspaper reports of the first two meetings were very negative, I hope to be able to offset them somewhat. I need to practice sound-bites for the benefit of any reporters present. My main points: "Hurry up and build it already" and "I live in a development adjacent to the tracks that will be affected. If you build it, I will ride it." Anything to counteract the NIMBY idiots claiming that the trains will come into their living rooms and kill their children. (Okay, I exaggerate, but not by much.)

Oh, and I need to be there to argue against pie-in-the-sky people who will say, "Oh, we need light rail, not nasty old-fashioned trains." We might even have some Maglev Morons, and almost certainly someone will say, "Why not build BART across the bridge?" (Answer: "I want something in the forseeable future, not BART sometime around 2065; besides, why spend ten times as much money for gold-plating?") The entire point of rebuilding the Dumbarton Railroad Bridge is so that conventional standard-gauge commuter trains (probably operated by and under the branding of Caltrain) can run directly from Union City/Fremont across the bay, with some trains turning north at Redwood City toward San Francisco (I'd ride one of those tomorrow, if it existed), and some south through Palo Alto toward San Jose.

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • Chasing the Big Boy

    Union Pacific is doing a trip (called "Westward Bound") next month with their massive "Big Boy" steam locomotive from its home base in Cheyenne WY…

  • Solstice Sunrise

    Just after 5:30 AM local time in Fernley, the longest day of the year dawned, with the local-to-me landmark for sunrise. Moments after I took…

  • Kevin Needs His Sleep

    I find that these days, if I can't get at least eight hours of sleep daily, I steadily start running down. I'm trying to not work too hard and to get…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.