Mathews: Plans to bring California into 21st century depend on San Jose

An aerial view shows the area near the Diridon Station, on the western edges of downtown San Jose. Beyond Google’s plans for the area, there’s no clear vision for making Diridon and its surroundings a true destination. (LiPo Ching/Staff Archives)

Can Californians find their way to San Jose?

That spin on Dionne Warwick’s hit song might be the most important question facing state transportation. Because plans to bring California into the 21st century depend on transforming the Bay Area city of 1 million people into our state’s rail capital.

But can these plans stay on track?

Why San Jose? Because it’s home to

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