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May 5, 2012 No Comments ›› Terry Phillips

California in general and the Central Valley in particular MUST find a way to improve our transportation infrastructure. High speed rail is one way. So far, the plans have been badly conceived and badly presented. But I am convinced that we can find a way to implement this idea.

Adding more freeway capacity in this district is a non-starter. Our air quality is so poor that we cannot legally permit more vehicle emissions. (We’ve already been fined for failing to meet federal air quality standards.) It’s also very expensive to build and maintain such roads. That money would be better spent on clean mass transit infrastructure.

One thing is certain: We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing. Kevin McCarthy has only one answer: Just say “No.” I think that’s short-sighted. We must find a way to say “Yes” which will benefit everyone.


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