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RISHI KUMAR FOR US CONGRESS

Housing and Transportation

The Problem With Bay Area Transportation and Housing

Over 168,000 Bay Area commuters and millions of local drivers are stuck every day in Silicon Valley traffic. Commutes are only getting longer and more frustrating, and our available public transportation is woefully inadequate. Billions have been wasted on the ill-conceived Bullet Train that is going nowhere, and our elected leaders have not been able to offer a solution for our traffic woes. Meanwhile, housing prices are going through the roof, and fewer people are able to afford homes in Silicon Valley within close proximity to their workplace. We need innovative measures to tackle these two issues simultaneously.

Managed Growth and Infrastructure Concurrency

  • Here is my op-ed piece that summarizes Sacramento’s push for high-density housing and the associated inadequacies.
  • Here is a vision plan - a solution for housing, traffic, homelessness, and a long-term sustainability plan for Silicon Valley

The push for high-density housing from Sacramento legislation and The Housing Element mandates are raising huge concerns today. Our neighbors are angry and beginning to engage! There are huge changes coming to our cities and it benefits us all to engage now and ensure that we do the right thing.

I have always been a proponent of managed growth - Yes, we need housing, but I have pushed for an approach that is pragmatic and based on the foundation of a proper urban plan. By contrast, Sacramento’s plan will hand a blank check to the real-estate developers.

Visit my Managed Growth and Infrastructure Concurrency page.

Bringing Transportation Into The 21st Century

My vision is for a cutting-edge, tunnel-enclosed high-speed transportation system with cutting-edge technology such as the hyperloop technology that would bring 12.2 million people living in the 21 counties of the Northern California Megaregion within a short commute of Silicon Valley jobs; and affordable homes within 21 minutes of Silicon Valley workers. Operating at average speeds of 600 mph (top speed 760), the zero greenhouse gas, and noise-free hyperloop system could cross the 150 miles between Yuba City and San Jose in under 15 minutes.

For parents commuting to San Jose, this would mean they could finally have time to walk their child to school in the morning, then hop on the Hyperloop for work, and be back in time to help with their child’s homework before dinner.

The entire Northern California Megaregion would become part of a Mega Silicon Valley innovation economy, experiencing increased opportunity, retaining talent, and providing affordable housing options for all.

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