California’s noisome Governor pulls the plug on the train to and from nowhere.
By Michael Bastasch, the Daily Caller News Foundation
- There are at least five major reasons California’s high-speed rail project failed to deliver.
- Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested putting the project on ice as the price tag climbed to $77 billion.
- “California high-speed rail didn’t turn into a boondoggle; it started out as one,” said one expert.
When California voters approved a massive high-speed rail line in 2008, they were promised an ambitious project that eventually turned into the notorious “train to nowhere.”
China and Europe have thousands of miles of high-speed rail, the argument went, so why can’t California? High-speed rail would ease congestion, cut down on travel times, reduce pollution and lower the state’s carbon footprint.
Fast-forward 10 years, and, not only is the rail line far from being completed, but its costs also ballooned to a point where even Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom couldn’t stomach it — “Let’s be real,” he told Californians on Tuesday.
Well, I shan’t be paying for it at any rate… Do read the whole thing.
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