Loco Motion
And They Want to Build a Bullet Train
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  • Andrew Allison

    Just one more reason to kill the High-speed money sink, which already reeks of fraud, waste and abuse (a construction contract to Dianne Feinstein’s husband????). Either that or give the job to the Chinese. China’s high speed rail with a maximum speed of 350 km/h has a typical infrastructure unit cost of about US$ 17-21m per km, with a high ratio of viaducts and tunnels, as compared with US$25-39 m per km in Europe and as high as US$ 56m per km currently estimated in California.”(http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/07/10/cost-of-high-speed-rail-in-china-one-third-lower-than-in-other-countries). China, of course has cost advantages, but note that the current, and likely to be exceeded by a wide margin, CA cost is roughly twice that in Europe.

    • douginsd

      Yes, and that’s despite not tunneling under the Tejon Pass, to have a much shorter route. Instead it’s the Tehachapi pass, Palmdale, etc.

      This will be a total waste of money California doesn’t have.

      • Despiser_of_Libs

        California will just raise fee’s, fines and create new regulations to pay for it. Its what Liberals do.

  • circleglider

    But James Fallows keeps saying that we must build “high speed rail” because… we aren’t yet enough like Europe, it’ll be cool, trains are so much more convenient than cars or airplanes, THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT, blah, blah, blah.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is how monopolies work, you can’t ever fix them, the only solution is to limit the damage by limiting the size and scope of the government monopoly to only tasks and authorities that only a government can perform (Defense, Foreign relations, Justice). In this case the state should have put the job out for bid, and demanded bonding and insurance for completion and quality. The fact that bureaucrats are making any decisions more than releasing the next check for work performed, is beyond their competence.

  • Despiser_of_Libs

    When Liberals are in charge what do you expect, honesty?

    LIBERALS: … Abortion is GOOD, Executing convicted Murderers is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Getting Robbed & Murdered is GOOD, Owning a Gun is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Islam is GOOD, Christianity is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Higher Taxes are GOOD, Lower Taxes are BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Communism is GOOD, Capitalism is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Gay ‘Marriage’ is GOOD, Traditional Marriage is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Black People are GOOD, White People are BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Welfare is GOOD, Working for a living is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … illegal Aliens are GOOD, Americans are BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Sharia Law is GOOD, The U.S. Constitution is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Homosexuals are GOOD, Heterosexuals are BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Teaching Kids about Sex is GOOD, Teaching about God is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Teaching Evolution is GOOD, Teaching Creationism is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Atheism is GOOD, Believing in God is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … High Energy Prices are GOOD, Drilling for Oil and Gas is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … The Mutant Federal Government is GOOD, Freedom is BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Traitors are GOOD, Patriotic Veterans are BAD!!
    LIBERALS: … Anti-American Communist Obama is GOOD, Bush is BAD!!

  • MrJest

    While it’s easy for me to say this – I don’t work in SF and pretty much avoid the place at all costs, as I find it aesthetically unpleasing to hang out or work where it smells like human excrement all the time – I won’t drive on the new Bay Bridge. I don’t believe it’s safe.

    Period, end of story. Your tax dollars at work.
    (and mine)

  • nadadhimmi

    Being Mexifornia, no investigation will occur. Just imagine the level of kickbacks, shoddy materials fraud etc going on, for years. At least 5 Billion to date. Leland Yee should have just stayed with conventional graft, stayed away from RPG’s, and he would have retired a multi-millionaire.

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