Loretta Sanchez Peeved That CA's High Speed Rail Project Skips Anaheim in First Phase

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Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim) today declared her frustration at a recent California High Speed Rail Authority decision to exclude Anaheim as a stop in the initial phase of the $68 billion project.

"Failure to link the high speed rail system to Orange County negatively impacts the county's residents and our local economy, and is a disappointment for the state of California," Sanchez said in a press statement. "To develop our state for the twenty first century, we must embrace a transportation system that allows our commerce to run."

Authority officials claim that it doesn't make financial sense to include OC in the first phrase of the massive project because the LA to OC link is projected to cost at least $6 billion and would only shave about 10 minutes off the current rail commute between the cities.

When completed sometime after 2033 the project will connect San Francisco to San Diego, according to Authority plans.

But Sanchez isn't willing to wait years for OC's inclusion. She is asking officials to "honor" the original plan that included a stop in Anaheim, home to the state's world famous amusement park--Disneyland.

Yet, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, a Republican who represents Anaheim, told reporters that Authority officials made the right decision.

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Michael Zorn
Michael Zorn

She also complained that because of traffic, she missed getting her award, and that if only there had been HSR, traffic would have been lighter, and she could have driven to the event and gotten there  on time.

Shall we vote for her yet again this election?

FiendNCheeses
FiendNCheeses

Orange County residents can primarily blame Assemblywoman Diane Harkey for this one. She went around the state spewing lies and misinformation about high-speed rail and now the county will lose out on billions in funding.

It will eventually come to Anaheim but I'll bet it will go through L.A. County to Riverside first since there's much better support in those areas.

Kudos to Loretta Sanchez for fighting hard for HSR, though.

savvysearch
savvysearch

Anaheim is now included in the first phase plane, so OC at least only has to wait til 2020 to get to SF. It's not "real" HSR but at least it's a one-seat ride.  Still, there needs to be a dedicated "real" HSR down to Irvine, and from Anaheim to LV. 

Damon
Damon

Yeah, this makes sense in theory.. if you go with the assumption that there will be frequent Metrolink and/or Amtrak trains so I'm not waiting around an extra 1-2 hours at Union Station for no reason.

You could use the same logic to cancel the LA-SD Pacific Surfliner service because, well travelers could just take the COASTER and Metrolink trains instead. Except that probably takes 4 hours minimum.

I voted for HSR, but I'm becoming more and more disappointed with the changes to the plan that we voted on.

1000steps
1000steps

Latest plan has it going from the Valley to Fresno and then to Sacramento.  Is there a single person that wants to go to any of those armpits? This would be the biggest waste of money any state has ever squandered in the history of the US?

Raverguy
Raverguy

Think of all the money they'll save skipping Anaslime.  They won't have to paint over all the graffiti the cholos would cover it with.

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

So SoCal wants a rail system that might actually be used by somebody sometimes, and even (gasp!!) pay for itself in the long run?

Here's my cwazy idea: run it from Disneyland to Vegas and back.

909Jeff
909Jeff

2033... Will I even still be alive by then? Shit I'll be in my 50s... eff that! 

They need to build 1 high speed train and get it done quick... IE to Vegas... 

Rayann Castro
Rayann Castro

I heard rumors of a Vegas Rail system that would run from somewhere in the OC to Vegas - the most delicious rumor to ever fall upon these ears. I think trains from CA to Vegas are a necessity. Solely because...I want to go to Vegas. Vote for 909Jeff!!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Tell me how awesome that would be to hop a train in Anaheim have a couple cocktails... They could have a gaming car that opens up at state line... You can start losing money even sooner and at 200mph! 

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 I understand there is a privately funded line in the works from the IE, (Victorville) to Lost Wages

949girl
949girl

 I'm with you on running it to Vegas. 

Homer
Homer

That would be nice, Jeff.  But discussions and lawsuits over the last decade have shown that the greater part of the environmental groups are actively working to prevent high-speed rail.

The HSR project from San Fran to Sandy Eggo will never be completed; as planned.  At least, not before 2033; probably not before 2053.  There will be too many lawsuits over the plans' design, property rights, and environmental impacts. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'f I'm being completely serious... I agree 100% with you!  Obviously I only suggested IE to Vegas because it would benefit me... 

I have been watching the story loosely... And it seems that it would be a huge waste of money and I think the last time I saw the estimated cost of a ticket from So-cal to San Franciso it was roughly the same as a Southwest ticket to Oakland.  I'd rather fly.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Blah blah blah.... We arent interested in your serious talk sir... We are all trying to figure out a better way to get to Vegas! 

Jon
Jon

 This is the first problem with HS rail, nobody wants to look at what might benefit future generations.  Spending dollars in the same manner as we do now only promises short term gain and long term environmental issues.  So what's better, drill now while you are alive and let future generations deal with real environmental consequences, or try and deal with fiscal issues that are really cultural issues that might have no impact on the future?  Fiscal issues can always be resolved in a meeting, while the world we live in can be completely destroyed with no resolve...

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

If a person happens to get stuck on a no fly list, this may be the only alternative. The bureaucrats making those (politically motivated) no fly lists do not care how many people they ruin.

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