Originally Posted by pesto
Well, like the say "freedom ain't free"; in fact, it runs about 100B.
The 5 SoCal and 4 NorCal airports are rarely delayed.
Between LA and SF they are jammed never.
Infrastructure of any kind is expensive, yet I don't hear you calling for building no more highways, airports, or spending any more money maintaining the ATC system. The important thing for a modern, workable transportation system is that all three modes - highway, rail, air - be given equal support and emphasis and, face it, we've largely ignored rail for fifty years at least.
No delays at LAX? What planet do you live on. Flew to Colorado Springs Saturday; plane left the ground nearly an hour after scheduled departure time. Return flight landed early, then sat for 40 minutes on the tarmac because there wasn't a gate available.
The 5 through the SJV generally runs smoothly, but once you get into the LA or Bay areas, forget it.
CA needs high-speed rail to supplement the other modes and relieve congestion on the other two. I refuse to fly to SF and back now, but if there were a fast train, I probably wouldn't drive, alone, in my car the way I do now.