California nixes plans for high-speed LA-SF rail line

California nixes plans for high-speed LA-SF rail line

Newsom said the project "as now planned" would "cost too much and take too long", and added that there had been too little oversight and not enough transparency.

Newsom said the project would cost too much and take too long.

The cost of building the train, at last estimate, was put at $77 billion and wouldn't be completed until 2033, the Associated Press reported.

The Obama administration awarded the state a total of $3.5 billion in 2010 and California voters in 2008 approved almost $10 billion in bond proceeds. Much of her platform for a ten-year transformation of the American economy centers on transportation. In contrast with Western Europe, where several high-speed rail lines operate, the United States has huge distances between cities; its average population density is between three and ten times less compact than that of the European continent.

Since, there were state lawmaker who insist that the governor has not pulled out of a high speed rail system that connects the northern part of the state to the south, rather a realignment of the California High Speed Rail Authority, which has been under scrutiny since a November 218 audit criticized the agency's decision-making and oversight of billions of dollars. Still, he added, "Abandoning the high-speed rail means we will have wasted billions and billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises, partially-fulfilled commitments and lawsuits to show for it".

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"I agree. The way the country has resisted High-speed rail is mind-boggling". There would also be governance chnages, with Newsom picking his Economic Development Director Lenny Mendonca as the next Chair of the High-Speed Rail Authority. The train is leaving the station - better get on board!

But the announcement is also a bit of a kick in the teeth for the proposed Green New Deal by progressive Democrats in Congress. Attempts to refashion global climate in one state reflects either a peculiarly Californian hubris or a surfeit of revolutionary zeal. Not to squander the funds, Newsom announced the project would be completed as a shorter rail through California's Central Valley.

Whatever may come next, this is happy news for most California citizens. The Valley does not need a bullet train to nowhere.

During his address, Newsom specifically made note of the federal funding that the state had received for the project. California's Central Valley is growing faster than the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles in population, and job growth is about on par with those urban regions, where housing prices have shot up astronomically in recent years. The last quarter saw falling tax collections, and any hiccup in the tech money machine, or even a mild recession, could prove devastating, as Brown himself warned before leaving office.

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