In the late 1800s, San Diego lost the race with Los Angeles to become the western terminus of a transcontinental railroad. As a result, despite some sound accomplishments, San Diego never matched its northern rivals in economic growth & prosperity.
Arguably, nothing has greater impact on San Diego’s economy than its transportation connection to its Northern neighbors. San Diego’s efforts to develop a hub airport failed and are unlikely to be revived. San Diego’s omission from HSR could be the second punch in a 1-2 combination punch transportation knockout. It’s unlikely that rubber tired solutions, e.g., freeway widening with its dubious record, will significantly mitigate its omission from HSR Phase 1.