In response to "Rich Tide of Commerce Being Dammed Up on Land," editorial, March 1:
I was pleased to read your comments regarding the clear and pressing need for major improvements along the Alameda Corridor, along with your recognition that such improvements along this rail line should be of a "pressing regional priority."
As one of the two big hurdles remaining before construction can begin, you mentioned the three railroads that use the existing corridor lines must reach agreement with port officials for the sale of their existing rights of way.
I wish to inform you that the ports have indeed reached what they consider to be equitable agreements with both Santa Fe and Union Pacific. However, we have been unable to finalize negotiations with Southern Pacific. In fact, I had recently stated that I felt the ports have done everything reasonably possible to consummate a reasonable agreement with Southern Pacific. Undoubtedly, a major impediment to the negotiations thus far has been Southern Pacific officials' feeling that their particular right of way is indispensable to the construction of this vital rail and highway corridor.