800-mile High-Speed Train network that will relieve 70 million passenger trips a year...WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.
Mar 02, 2020
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
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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