SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd wants a reality check on the city’s Transbay Terminal project if high-speed rail is not built.

With the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency closing down, state funding cuts looming and congressional support fading, the future of the trains are in doubt.

At this week’s board meeting, Elsbernd asked Mayor Ed Lee what the alternate plan was if the money for high-speed rail went away.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Lee responded that he’s committed to seeing full implementation of the project which includes having a northern terminus at the Transbay Terminal.

Construction on the new terminal is underway. But much of the state and federal funding, including funding to include Caltrain and high-speed rail, is suddenly in doubt.

Elsbernd said he was frustrated by the mayor’s response and called for a public hearing, suggesting an inquiry is in order.

“I want it to happen, but I also don’t want us to be in a situation where the money disappears and we’re stuck with the most beautiful bus stop in the world,” said Elsbernd.

The supervisor hopes that public hearing will produce some real answers to his question.

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Comments (3)
  1. Bullet Train to the back of CA's Head says:

    F@#$ High Speed Rail! California doesn’t want it and can’t afford it! It will only make the drug corridor “High Speed” trafficking!!

    1. Marty says:

      I take it you want us to stay in our cars and pump more noxious carbon emissions into our environment? Other countries have high-speed rail. Japan’s Shinkansen is the most successful. This is 2012, not 1955.

      However, I do think we should find another source of funding. If it was privately funded, it would probably be better.

  2. Eric Domejean says:

    Why can’t trains go at standard speed through the bay area then switch to high speed through the central valley where the high speed portion can be built, then add high speed to segments of the bay as they can be done.

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