This was Chris’ idea. Unfortunately, he can’t attend, and I know little about transportation policy. Still, since the state’s government remains paralyzed as our infrastructure continues to rot, Thursday presents a good opportunity to (1) introduce us to our under-appreciated transportation problems, and (2) discuss the state’s future in general, especially in light of Governor Brown’s desperate effort to ask the public to vote in June on how to balance the budget.
I’m not going to prepare anything this week, except for a 5-minute issue introduction thing.
- 2-pager on what CA’s transportation systems look like.
- 6-pager on proposed transportation solutions, from a think tank.
- A bit about the proposed California 700-mile high-speed rail (HSR) network.
- An op-ed supporting building the HSR, and criticizing the media’s coverage of the issue.
- UPDATE: See Chris’s comment to this post for some more links, including one critical of high speed rail as a solution to CA’s problems.
RELATED LINKS —
- 4-page summary of a report on preparing California’s for the next 25 years. It tries to be polite, but says basically that, unless voters grow more willing to pay for our future needs for educational, transportation,and other public goods, the state’s future will be grim.
- I’ll summarize Governor Brown’s proposal in my intro. Much more detail than I’ll give can be found here.