Tak­ing a bul­let for fast train

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “As high-speed rail route hits home, lo­cal alarm grows,” June 10

Cal­i­for­nia High Speed Rail Author­ity board mem­ber Lou Cor­rea said that he de­tected “a lit­tle bit of NIMBYism” re­gard­ing the re­ac­tion to bul­let train plans. He should get used to it.

Af­flu­ent neigh­bor­hoods have suc­cess­fully fought in­tru­sive devel­op­ment that would have af­fected their qual­ity of life, and now work­ing-class neigh­bor­hoods are do­ing the same.

Re­gard­ing the bul­let train, this is just the start. The route cuts through the very heart of the Los An­ge­les me­trop­o­lis, an area made up mostly of poor and work­ing-class neigh­bor­hoods. My own home is a quar­ter-mile from the planned route, and I am told to ex­pect ad­di­tional vi­bra­tions and noise ev­ery hour of the day (over and above the ex­ist­ing trains and free­ways).

Did the plan­ners ac­tu­ally think that we would not com­plain?

Stephen Mills


The pro­test­ers claim the bul­let train would lower their qual­ity of life, but I sus­pect some might want a wind­fall by bump­ing up the buy-out money.

I say we re­spect th­ese peo­ple’s fine life­styles and reroute the bul­let trains along the in­ter­state high­ways. We won’t have to buy out any prop­erty, and the cen­ter me­dian is per­fect for a set of rails. There are no sharp turns, and the rail lines would be pro­tected on both sides by the high­way.

It would also work as an in­cen­tive to re­duce auto traf­fic. When peo­ple in cars see the bul­let trains whiz by them at 200 miles per hour, how many would de­cide to take the train next time?

Gene Herd

Val­ley Glen

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