Memorial Day Open Thread
Hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend (if you’ve got one!). Lots of Californians are out on the roads and at the airports this weekend. And 3-day weekends like this are a great reminder of how HSR would help people enjoy their time off by letting them have more of it. Driving from SF to LA (or vice versa) takes half the daylight hours – so roundtrip, you’d lose an entire day of your weekend if you drove. One could fly, but adding in airport security time and travel time to the airports, you’re looking at 4-5 hours anyway. High speed rail will serve more city centers, making the stations more conveniently located for more people. That brings down travel times and, by 2020, travel costs (since air travel will be more expensive than it is now, as will driving).
California’s tourist industry should be one of the strongest supporters of high speed rail and other passenger rail systems. Their future depends on sustainable, affordable travel being developed to serve the key destinations of this state.