The Associated Press has reported that California Governor Gavin Newsome will be killing the planned for high speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. “Voters approved a ballot measure in 2008 calling for the linking of Northern and Southern California, a rail project initially estimated to cost $33 billion and be completed in 2020. Subsequent estimates more than doubled the cost and pushed the timeline to 2033,” the story reports. The most recent estimate for the project has pegged it at around $77 billion.
On the one hand, Newsome is right, the costs are astronomical, but at the same time the US is pathetically behind the rest of the world when it comes to high speed rail. Add to that, voters actually voted in favor of the project. Let’s not kill it, let’s figure out what the problem is, why the costs are so high and fix it.