Don’t Derail the Bullet Train Derailment

Gov. Jerry Brown, Anne GustEven before California’s High Speed Rail bond proposal appeared on the ballot in November 2008, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association commissioned a study in conjunction with the Reason Foundation because of deep concerns about the project’s viability. The study, published in September 2008, just prior to the election, confirmed our worst fears. Specifically, the executive summary of the nearly 200-page document warned:

“The CHSRA plans as currently proposed are likely to have very little relationship to what would eventually be built due to questionable ridership projections and cost assumptions, overly optimistic projections of ridership diversion from other modes of transport, insufficient attention to potential speed restrictions and safety issues and discounting of potential community or political opposition. Further, the system’s environmental benefits have been grossly exaggerated, especially with respect to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that have been associated with climate change.”

In the ensuing decade, it became increasingly clear that every negative prediction about the project came to be realized. Even initial advocates of the project, including a former chairman of the High Speed Rail Authority, turned against the costly boondoggle.

The capstone of criticism came at the end of 2018 when California’s own state auditor issued a scathing report excoriating the project’s mismanagement, waste and lack of transparency. To understand just how damning the HSR audit was, just consider the subtitle: “Flawed Decision Making and Poor Contract Management Have Contributed to Billions in Cost Overruns and Delays in the System’s Construction.”

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  1. California resident and this is NOT what I voted for. I voted for a high speed rail, HIGH SPEED, that goes from LA to San Francisco. That is what Californians voted for. This turned into a pet project of CORRUPT politicians in Socialist NAZI SACRAMENTO…

    • I to am a resident and did not vote for it. Total stupidity. People want to drive or fly, plus how can you think that those costs would be at that estimate? Did you not see how long the Bay Bridge took to build, the cost overruns and the only way to fix the existing problem is to tear it down and start over. It took, what about 20 plus years to build a damn bridge! It took 4 years to fight and win WWII and we started from scratch
      Government can’t do anything right anymore. Wake up fellow Californians.

  2. You can bet Governor Moonbeam is enjoying a retirement pay hike from Siemens Company. Billions have been wasted on this epic boondoggle.
    We now have multiple bridges to nowhere dotting the landscape as a constant reminder of socialized government run amok.

  3. Perhaps some of those never to be completed bridges could be decorated with the members of the HSR oversight board, and the administrators they were supposed to be overseeing.

  4. Let the people speak….LOCK AND LOAD TIME

  5. Good article.It contains a lot of information that is useful for me.Thanks.

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