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Report: High-speed rail would impact airports

February 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A proposed San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bullet train would drain passengers from Bay Area airports.A new study of the proposed high-speed rail system says the trains would reduce the number of travelers at San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland International airports by a little more than 6 percent, or some 6 million passengers each year.

The study says San Jose would be hit the hardest, with a more than 9 percent loss, according to consultants at SH&E, an aviation firm the Metropolitan Transportation Commission hired to study the impact of the bullet trains on Bay Area airports.

The $42.6 billion bullet train is expected to begin operation by 2020 and link San Francisco to cities in Southern California.

High-speed rail planners estimate a ride from the Bay Area to Los Angeles would cost about $105, or 83 percent of the average airfare estimated at $125. The trip would take about two and a half hours.

A travel industry analyst said the trains would offer travel less susceptible to delays, more efficient and city center to city center connections.