Tuesday, April 16, 2013
As posted on SF Bay Area Peninsula Patches, Online, etc:
Another Caltrain death today, Monday, April 15, 2012 ...another month, yet not one "caring" Democrat politician cares enough to seek the obvious, safer, electrified, grade-separated, more frequent and regionally integrated (SF, Berkeley, soon San Jose/Santa Clara) no-brainer 'heavy rail" solution--BART. Both Jerry Hill and Jackie Speier, the latter who has her name emblazoned on Caltrain Locomotive 925, have been in office--and even chaired the Caltrain Board in their day as local elected officials, so long that over 200 people have been slaughtered, dismembered by this 5-=75 mph, outdated dangerous train in the increasingly densified Peninsula. What is wrong with this picture? How can Peninsula (mostly "caring" Democrat) residents hold "deadly gun" buybacks when, I think, in most Peninsula cities, Caltrain consistently kills 1 to 1.5 people per month on its track--over the past 20 years--killing more than illegal gun use! Is it just a matter of positive Caltrain (Administration and Sierra Club/"Friends of Caltrain") propaganda that continues this govt.-run euthanasia train (for suiciders). Yes, BART has suicides, too, but the ratio by miles of track, riders, stations, as well as nominally are far fewer. What can be done to start a 10+-year effort to phase out Caltrain with BART (with (adjacent or stacked), or without, HSR)...and with a 51 mile bike path alongside. I don't understand Peninsula residents' lack of action to reduce deaths of their "Village" neighbors! How many more must die?
Today's death on Caltrain's Burlingame tracks (the next city below the current BART terminus in Millbrae/SFO along the Peninsula rail corridor), is the 5th this year, the 33rd since 1/1/2011 and 193rd since 1/1/1995.
It is irresponsible and negligent to allow this million pound train to literally speed and hurtle through Peninsula downtowns and cross-streets inches away from pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Electrifying and "modernizing" this train just for HSR to share its tracks is wrong, dead wrong.