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    CA Gov Newsom aborts unborn Green New Deal, cancels SF-LA high speed rail project

    CA Gov Newsom aborts unborn Green New Deal, cancels SF-LA high speed rail project

    How are you going to have a Green New Deal centered around high speed rail that will eliminate the need for airplanes when liberals can’t even build high speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_vJcuTyEn4

    I’m so old, I remember when the Democrats’ Green New Deal was going to build so much high speed rail there would be no need for airplane travel.

    Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle. [emphasis added]

    Anyone with half a brain would know that high speed rail projects have been complete debacles in the U.S. so far. The poster child for failure was the Los Angeles to San Francisco high speed rail projects. Starting several years ago we have chronicled the cost overruns and bureaucratic failures:

    So it comes as no surprise that California finally is declaring the Bullet Train dead, Gov. Newsom ending high-speed rail project between SF, LA:

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday he’s abandoning a plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project with an estimated cost that has ballooned to $77 billion.

    “Let’s be real,” Newsom said in his first State of the State address. “The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.”

    The idea long championed by Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown, is years behind schedule. The latest estimate for completion is 2033.

    Newsom, though, said he wants to finish construction that’s already underway on a segment of the high-speed train through California’s Central Valley, arguing it will revitalize the economically depressed region. He’s also replacing Brown’s head of the state board that oversees the project and pledged more accountability for contractors that run over on costs.

    There will still be some rail projects, but you won’t be able to get by high speed rail between the major cities in California. The 800-mile project is reduced to 120 miles of track already under construction between Merced and Bakersfield.

    How are you going to have a Green New Deal centered around high speed rail that will eliminate the need for airplanes when liberals can’t even build high speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco?

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    I’m curious; how come no mention if the track planned to go through Acton; Palmdale; and points NE, through the desert, headed for Las Vegas? Pro quid quo? Gaming houses?


     
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    B Buchanan | February 13, 2019 at 1:16 am

    You know, I don’t care why Newsom axed it I am happy happy happy it has ended! I was directly impacted by this and now my quality of life (and home equity) will just go up! I was on the San Jose HSR Community Working Group and the recommendations of the citizen members were falling on deaf ears. This is best of all possible outcomes!! I could just KISS Gavin Newsom right now!! (Except I don’t do that. Kiss liberals, I mean.)

    The word on the street is that the cancellation is right from Polesi’s mouth as a way of punishing the crazies in CA.

    Additionally Newsom has promised NOT to return any federal funds given for the project (that is obviously not required now).

    Some things never change eh.

    What’s the matter with slow-speed rail? It’s called Amtrak. I’ve done the Seattle to Chicago run several times – about 40 hours. Great way to travel and relax. Dining for sleeper car passengers is always good. They go 80mph once they hit the prairie states. Costs more than coach airfare, less than driving with hotels, less than first/business class. Far less stress than other modes of travel and no TSA to contend with.

    Oh but that evil diesel fuel! Dems would like to muck that up I reckon. Curious – what fuel does “high speed rail” run on? Cow farts?

    The progressives want to move from planes to trains, sounds regressive to me. What’s the next step, bring back horse-drawn stagecoaches?


       
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      CaptTee in reply to Terry T. | February 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Trains are a 19th Century technology that is a perfect match for the 19th Century philosophy of Progressivism.

      With trains, people are only allowed to travel where the elites allow the tracks to be built on the schedule the elites set up.


         
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        MajorWood in reply to CaptTee. | February 13, 2019 at 11:11 am

        The Elites all go to Europe for a summer and marvel at how well the trains work there, since the distribution of villages, etc, were set up in ye olden times, and everything is quite literally “downtown.” But America, for the most part, was built in the era of individual transportation, plus our country is way bigger than ALL of Europe. That doen’t deter the elites though from applying one system into another arena where it is impractical from the start. After all, isn’t the entire country just like the Eastern Corridor.

        And what will they call the midwest when “flyover” becomes passe with no aeroplanes in which to fly over?


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