I read Dr. von Bleichert’s June 8 guest perspective “High wire to Half Moon Bay” in the Daily Journal with great interest. What a terrific idea in solving the traffic problem that commuters have when traveling State Route 92 in both directions. When I first started to read the piece and where I thought it was headed (widen State Route 92) I was pleasantly surprised at the innovative and obviously doable solution to the major traffic jams that occur on warm weather weekends and special events in both directions of the highway.

What I really liked about the perspective is Dr. von Bleichert’s research on how it could be accomplished, from where to build, including route and stations, and an estimated cost among his many other ideas.

His attention to every detail from amenities while riding to consumer costs (though I’d add one more tier after Half Moon Bay residents to San Mateo county residents) shows Dr. von Bleichert had done his homework when addressing all aspects of his idea. His vision is what our state transit authorities and especially local state politicians need who would have taken a “bulldoze the land” mindset because it would be the easiest route to take, similar to the Devil’s Slide tunnel.

By adopting Dr. von Bleichert's plan, it would keep the area natural and as rural as it has been for 100 years.

Kudos doctor!

Bob Wackerman

San Mateo

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Kudos on tip letter.


Good idea and think an even better idea would be to have twin tunnels.

Elon Musk has completed his Las Vegas loop, which is a tunnel.

Think the cost would be similar and maintenance might be much less.

Only problem can think of is breathable air, but that can be solved in many ways. As the tunnel should follow the current highway 92 and the air shafts could be within that ROW, as would be E-Escape routing

If they strike gold or water...claim dibs, as it is my idea...;-)


Not an expert, but seems to me most successful cable systems haul products or passengers who want to reach a popular destination and stay for some time. Does HMB have that kind of attraction?

Terence Y

Mr. Wackerman, Dr. von Bleichert’s proposition for an aerial wire ropeway sounds like a fabulous idea. However, this is CA and I’m sure the good Dr.’s cost estimate isn’t close to accurate after legal fees, environmental impact studies and various costs from departments looking to juice their budgets. However, if the estimated cost could be siphoned from the so-called high speed train to nowhere, I’m all for it. Any cost overruns must be borne by Dr. von Bleichert.

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