CNN: CA First to Get High-Speed Rail

Discussion in 'Railways, Highways, Waterways' started by barbell, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    CNN is reporting that the California Senate has approved plans for high-speed rail linking San Francisco to LA, and eventually on to San Diego.

    I just took a quick look at flight schedules. The flights are scheduled at around 1:30. Now, factor in that you now need to arrive at the airport about 90 minutes prior to departure, minimum, and factor in average delays out of SFO of about 30 minutes, that 1:30 flight is now 3:30. The train looks more and more attractive.

    What would make it more attractive? Keep TSA's dirty little hands out of our pants!
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Not sure they're really the first. After years of being obstructed by politicians who pockets weren't being lined, they're finally upgrading the line between Chicago & St. Louis.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Total price tag is $68B and California is already a state that can barely pay its bills.

    Rots of ruck!
  4. MaximumSisu

    MaximumSisu Requiescat in Pace

    This. Initial segment (? only segment before CA bankruptcy) goes from Madera to Bakersfield --- not exactly a high traffic corridor.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Mike is correct. Except the numbers we see here are not $68 billion, they're $90 Billion, and only $10 Billion are provided for in the stupid rail bond we passed several years ago. NO funding has ever been identified for the remaining money. They had til the past July 1, I believe, to kill the project and eliminate the bond. But once politicians have money in their hands, they will NEVER give it up. So it will be spent, a little here a little there, on existing rail projects, or lent out to pay for other unfunded things of smaller scale. You'll never see high speed rail in CA, not until gold flows in the golden state again.

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