Should Calif.’s bullet train be high-speed? That’s the $4bil question for Newsom, lawmakers.

The High Speed Rail was a payoff to unions, special interests and giant corporations from the start.  They NEVER intended to build it—just wanted to see how much money could be siphoned from the taxpayers and given to the greedy.

“Democrats in the California State Assembly are pushing to debate the issue as they negotiate with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to release $4 billion in bond funding to keep construction rolling in the San Joaquin Valley.

The question on the minds of legislators: when to electrify the high-speed rail lines, the key cog to ensuring high speeds.

The debate, first reported by The Associated Press, comes as high-ranking Democrats in the Legislature redouble their attacks on the multi-billion-dollar train project.

In the final days of the legislative year this Fall, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D–Paramount) attacked the project as being on the wrong track with expectations from the Capitol.

“I think the, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ theory is pure fantasy,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon told NBC Bay Area mere days before the gubernatorial recall. “They will come where? How will they magically appear in Merced?”

Seriously how many will use the train when it just goes from Bakersfield to Merced?  This is a scam Bernie Maddow would be proud of!  They lied about routes, costs and ridership—all in an effort to rip us off.  If this was a private firm those that did the deed would be indicted and on trial.  Instead Arnold and Jerry are in retirement laughing at us.  This is why you always say no to tax increases and bonds.  We gave then $2.7 billion in bonds, years ago to build water storage facilities—today we have a massive lack of water and the Democrats did not spend a dime of them to stop the crisis.

Should Calif.’s bullet train be high-speed? That’s the $4bil question for Newsom, lawmakers.

Reid Stone, The Sun,  10/13/21 

California Democratic lawmakers are faced with a new quandary related to the state’s floundering high-speed rail project: should the Central Valley-centric rail system even be equipped for high speeds?

Democrats in the California State Assembly are pushing to debate the issue as they negotiate with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to release $4 billion in bond funding to keep construction rolling in the San Joaquin Valley.

The question on the minds of legislators: when to electrify the high-speed rail lines, the key cog to ensuring high speeds.

The debate, first reported by The Associated Press, comes as high-ranking Democrats in the Legislature redouble their attacks on the multi-billion-dollar train project.

In the final days of the legislative year this Fall, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D–Paramount) attacked the project as being on the wrong track with expectations from the Capitol.

“I think the, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ theory is pure fantasy,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon told NBC Bay Area mere days before the gubernatorial recall. “They will come where? How will they magically appear in Merced?”

“You see that same piece of track that I saw last year and the year before and the year before that and the year before that,” Rendon said. “[That structure] seems to be this monument to high-speed rail. Maybe they can turn it into a sculpture if we don’t go much further than where we are right now.

Asm. Laura Friedman (D–Glendale), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and a front-line negotiator with the Newsom team, argued that it might be better to run diesel trains and switch to electrification later.

Meanwhile, high-speed rail officials and advocates are hoping to ink a deal to design and build an electrified track and rail system along with a 30-year maintenance agreement.

At the center of the stand-off is the bond funding that will enable high-speed rail contractors to continue construction, even at as slow of a pace as it has progressed.

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Comments

  1. Richard Cathcart says

    The CA High-Speed Rail Project simply repeated the fiasco that the Bay Area’s BART was as it was built.
    Probably, the same players too.

  2. Like democrat “leadership” the HSR was started and, continues as a in a lie.

  3. Those idiots who were complaining about the money Elon Musk spent to send a 90 year old into space, arguing the money could be spent on other social needs, should be looking at the bullet train to nowhere.

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