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High-Speed Promises!

800-mile High-Speed Train network that will relieve 70 million passenger trips a year...WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.

Mar 02, 2020

Promises:

800-mile High-Speed Train network that will relieve 70 million passenger trips a year that now clog California's highways and airports­ WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.

Electric-powered High-Speed Trains running up to 220 miles an hour.

Travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 2½ hours for about $50 a person.

Matching private and federal funding to be identified BEFORE state bond funds are spent.

90% of the bond funds to be spent on system construction, not more studies, plans, and engineering activities.


Promises Kept:  None of those

Reality:

Chances are high that the train will only run in California’s Central Valley, from Merced in the north, 171 miles to Bakersfield in the south­with plain old bus service completing the connection to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Governor Gavin Newsom at last year's State of the State address:  "Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to LA. I wish there were. However, we do have the capacity to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield."

President Trump tweet day after Newsom's remarks:   “California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a ‘green’ disaster!”

Newsom's response to Trump:   California launched a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration from taking back its $929 million.

Now:  California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has called to shift government revenue from the high-speed rail project to urban areas.

What's Next:  In two months, what is said to be the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s final plan will come before lawmakers in Sacramento. It will likely call for further borrowing.


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