California’s Magic Fix for High-Speed Rail
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  • Jim.

    Considering the ridership this boondoggle will have in the end, and the expense of it all, we could set up infrastructure for as many people to travel to and from Mars for the same price.

  • Is this doomed project only being kept alive on paper because whoever is in charge of drawing up the proposals and plans is drawing a salary?

  • vanderleun

    “It seems more likely there’s some overly optimistic reckoning….”

    Well, maybe in your happy world. In another world that is less constrained and bound up we call it lying, fraud, a hoax, false, [scatalogical references removed].

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    California is a Blue Model nightmare, and High Speed Rail is just one aspect of the whole, and not the worst.

  • KTINLA

    Luke Lea asks: “Is this doomed project only being kept alive on paper because whoever is in charge of drawing up the proposals and plans is drawing a salary?” Well, yes, surprise there is a bureaucracy bound up in it, along with the Gang of Consultants,as well as the public and private unions and their political (read money) support. Then too, it fits the green self-image, and in California, image is everything. In actuality, the near San Francisco and near L.A. tracks are shared with commuter lines, and in some cases with busy freight lines. So, no, the timetables are as phony as the business plan, ridership expectancy, and financing.

  • Corlyss

    “has now reduced cost estimates for the project to $68.4 billion”

    Gee. I wish I could do that with my mortage – just blue-pencil the sum and put in whatever I needed to sell the bank the idea that I had delivered something meaningful.

    Back in my youth, there was a perfume ad whose tag line was “Promise her ANYTHING, but give her Arpege.” That’s California. Tell the public you can deliver anything they want at whatever price you are willing to confess. Don’t matter if you can’t do it as long as you deliver the perfume. Your intentions were good, just your execution missed the mark. No matter. The public will smell good if nothing else.

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