Originally Posted by pesto
Ok. I'll explain why HSR is ridiculous for California.
First you argue about freeways WITHIN LA and weigh them against HSR.
I'll make the same argument against the 5 or the 101.
HSR will move more people between LA and SF faster than any freeway ever could. Travel time between LA and San Francisco if you use LAX and SFO is still over three hours if everything goes right at both ends. HSR will compete with that travel time, even figuring in the time it takes to get to Union Station from the westside of LA.
By every measure, HSR is, as it has been in the east coast corridor for decades, a vital third alternate mode for those who, like me, loathe flying and loathe LAX even worse and who don't always want to make the drive (which is the only way I will make the trip now).