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Who Will Ride an Alternative to 'Market-Driven Sprawl'?
Publishing date: 21.07.2011

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Millions of Californians want an alternative to sprawl, and SB375 could work in that direction, but will just building high-speed trains be enough? The New York Times, July 19, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Where Highway 99 meets the state capital here, a motorist has choices. He can pivot toward the San FranciscoBay, veer inland to the Nevada border, or ride the flatlands south toward Los Angeles.
It's an important junction for any California driver -- and, in a sense, a symbol of California's climate choices.
The state already has plans to widen Highway 99 to deal with increased traffic in the coming decades. But boosters of high-speed rail for the state say no amount of road expansion will be able to serve a larger population.

Build the train, supporters say, and the state will cause far less greenhouse gas emissions than if Californians took all their trips by car and plane instead.
Skip it, they say, and get ready for highway and airport paralysis.
Dan Leavitt is deputy director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the state agency in charge of the project. He said the train's strongest argument on climate is that it keeps the sprawl-driven past from becoming the future.
"What is California going to look like in our future, with or without high-speed rail?" he said. "We believe that the argument of 'with high-speed rail,' in terms of not just climate change but sustainability as a whole, is far greater with high-speed rail."

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