Why not a High-Speed rail stop in Madera?
If the Legislature votes to sell bonds and fund the project, Madera will get nothing but tracks and heartache unless we stand up and yell for a station here.
Many might stay, why in the world would anybody want to stop in Madera? Here are some answers:
• If Madera had a stop, many people who work in the Bay Area might want to live here. Housing costs in the Bay Area are outrageous. People who work in the high-tech centers find that they have to spend up to three hours a day driving and gnashing their teeth, just to get to work and back home. If they lived in Madera, they could be to work and home faster, and their living costs would be much lower. Their families could enjoy the advantages of a small city; their taxes would be lower and the train would make travel fast and comfortable.
People were commuting from the Bay Area to here by car, and many still are. But a train commute would be preferable, and would bring far more people here to live.
That would bring the local housing market back, which would put people to work.
• People would be able to come from the Bay Area to visit Yosemite National Park and other tourist attractions in Madera County. They could get off the train in Madera and head up the hill either in rented cars or by bus.
Those who want to gamble could enjoy a “critical mass” of gambling opportunities, with the planned North Fork Mono resort and casino in Madera joining forces with the beautiful Chukchansi resort and casino, the Table Mountain casino and the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore to provide a gaming weekend filled with entertainment.
Not every train would have to stop here, so a Madera stop wouldn’t slow the system down, as some have said it would.
That’s the least the system could do for us if it goes ahead and tears up our countryside just to make us into a doormat.