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

Posted: February 12, 2019 by oldbrew in News, Politics, pollution, Travel

So much for trains replacing planes in line with current US ‘green’ ideology? The UK equivalent is the HS2 project which is also under pressure from various quarters. Both eye-wateringly expensive.

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that he was abandoning plans to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, citing the high cost and the time it would take, reports

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that he was abandoning plans to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, citing the high cost and the time it would take.

“Let’s be real,” the newly elected Newsom said in his first State of the State address. “The project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long.

“There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.”

Newsom said he planned to concentrate instead on completing a high-speed rail link between the central and more rural towns of Merced and Bakersfield to reinvigorate the region’s economy.

“I know that some critics will say this is a ‘train to nowhere’,” he said. “But that’s wrong and offensive.

“The people of the Central Valley endure the worst air pollution in America as well as some of the longest commutes,” he added. “And they have suffered too many years of neglect from policymakers here in Sacramento. They deserve better.”

Plans for an LA-San Francisco bullet train had been backed by Newsom’s predecessors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger and the line was expected to be completed in 2033, years behind schedule.

The rail service was intended to decongest key airports and highways that have reached saturation points in the most populous and richest state in the nation.

Continued here.

  1. David A says:

    What the people in the central valley want is water!

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    He needs the money for all the welfare colonists he’s flowing in from South and Central America, i.e. new (illegal) voters.

  3. DB says:

    “Newsom said he planned to concentrate instead on completing a high-speed rail link between the central and more rural towns of Merced and Bakersfield….”

    Bakersfield, population 376,000
    Merced, population 83,000


  4. hunter says:

    The democrats don’t need the illegals they are flooding into the country to vote.
    They hope the census count will put enough new Congressional House seats into districts they control that they can hijack the rest of the country.
    Federal funding is also based on census counts, not citizenship.
    So they get rewarded financially by the Federal Government by encouraging a breakdown of the law…
    Democrats don’t care about American poor except as a means to control the rest of us.

  5. Bloke down the pub says:

    Noticeable how much the media has caught onto the fact that HS2 is an horrendous waste of money.
    It is now fashionable to criticise this white elephant, so we can but hope that funding is withdrawn.

  6. oldbrew says:

    HS2 would suck people into the London economy from a wider area, at a faster rate.
    – – –
    Newsom also promised to have a plan within 60 days for dealing with the recent bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. after years of devastating wildfires.

  7. oldbrew says:

    California Further Proves That Public High-Speed Rail Projects Are Stupid
    FEBRUARY 13, 2019

    This particular project involved one high-speed railway connecting two cities less than 400 miles apart.

    Construction of this railway began in 2013, and we have to imagine that, given what we’ve seen, a completion date of 2033 and a price tag of $77 billion is a wildly generous expectation.

    And yet, such public high-speed rail projects will undoubtedly continue to be the magic beans of the Green New Deal.

    “It’s here! Green New Deal calls for national high-speed rail!” says the elated Daily Kos, brandishing a picture of an elaborate network of railways, consisting of thousands upon thousands of miles of track connecting major American cities.

    There’s a delicious irony in the Daily Kos publishing this diary touting the “concrete, real, and achievable” goal of a “National HSR Network” on the exact same day that California, the state most representative of big-government progressivism that leftists desire, declared that its own little high-speed rail project of just a few hundred miles cost too much, took too long to build, and was plagued by “too little oversight” and “not enough transparency.”
    – – –
    How they used to do it…

    A Railroad Record That Defies Defeat
    How Central Pacific laid ten miles of track in one day back in 1869

    Mile an Hour

    The scene was an animated one. From the first “pioneer” to the last tamper, about two miles, there was a line of men advancing a mile an hour; iron cars with their load of rails and humans dashed up and down the newly-laid track; foremen on horseback were galloping back and forth. Keeping pace with the track layers was the telegraph construction party. Alongside the moving force, teams were hauling tool and water wagons. Chinamen with pails dangling from poles balanced over their shoulders were moving among the men with water and tea.

    Farther back, locomotives were waiting with their cars of materials. Five train loads were used on that day. When one section was completed, the next material train was moved up as far as possible on the new track and materials for another two miles unloaded. In the rear of all this was the boarding house train and quarters of officers, a long line of wood houses built on flat cars, looking like a small town stretched out. In the valley below, continuous trains of wagons and mounted work shops moved along in parallel lines. It could only be compared to the advance of an army.
    – – –
    The construction was high-speed even if the trains weren’t. Now it’s the other way round 😦

  8. gallopingcamel says:

    That 500 mile rail project in California cost estimate has almost doubled to $77 billion. Here at the heart of “Climate Science” we love “Doublings”.

    The bullet train will take double the transit time compared to Southwest Airlines and will charge double per ticket.

    The bullet train project can be made viable if all competing transportation alternatives are banned. Another way to go would be to increase fuel prices. Four “Doublings” would get the price of gasoline or “Jet “A” to $50 per gallon.

    One part of the “New Green Deal” plans to eliminate air travel throughout the USA. Imagine how many doublings of the $77 billion for that California bullet train would be required.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Trump To California: Give Us Our $3.5 Billion Back For That ‘Green’ High-Speed Rail

    California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a ‘green’ disaster!”

  10. oldbrew says:

    Trump Takes Back $1 Billion from California; Gavin Newsom Complains: ‘Political Retribution’

    But on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sent a letter to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, informing it that it was terminating its agreement with the state and therefore would refuse to provide the state with $928,620,000 allocated to the high-speed rail project.

    The FRA listed several factors informing its decision, including the likelihood that the high-speed rail would not be completed by 2022, as contemplated by the original agreement. The state’s high-speed rail authority had also failed, according to the FRA, to provide “timely and satisfactory financial reports” to the federal government.

    The Los Angeles Times reported additionally that the Department of Transportation said it was “actively exploring every legal option” to recover the other $2.5 billion granted by the federal government to California for the project.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Trump to Use ‘Nuclear Option’ to Recover $2.5 Bn More from California’s Failed High-Speed Rail Project
    22 Feb 2019

    The Trump administration announced this week that it was canceling nearly $1 billion in grant money for California’s now-defunct high-speed rail project — and President Donald Trump is coming for the other $2.5 billion.

    The $2.5 billion has already been spent — but California has failed to deliver the high-speed rail (on time, or at all) as promised.

    Therefore, the Trump administration argues, the state has to repay federal taxpayers.

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