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February 10, 2021



I hope Newsom will give the highway 1 washout below Big Sur as much money and workers as high-speed rail. Fixing 100 yards of scenic highway that supports a billion dollars of tourist money according to the Chronicle seems like a better investment than the rail.


A billion here, a billion there. Pretty soon you are talking about real money. Apologies to Everett Dirksen.


Recall Newsom.
Cox has said he will end HSR on day one.

Everything's Jake

HSR is a vampire zombie! Already billions have been wasted and the Dems in Sacramento want to spend more? Recall Newsom and elect fiscally responsible politicians, regardless of party affiliation. Thank you for letting me vent :)


Here is a bit of Dan Walters Calmatters column:

Let’s assume that the new plan becomes reality. The 119-mile section now under construction becomes a “test bed,” it’s extended to 171 miles (with only a single track) and the state then leases it to a private or quasi-private operator so that passenger service can begin.

Is that worth the $20-plus billion that such a limited system would cost? Would it even attract enough passengers to cover its operating costs without the subsidies that the 2008 ballot measure banned?

The new plan smacks of wanting desperately to give a skeptical public something that actually functions, even it’s just a curiosity that some folks might ride a few times just for the experience.

It seems far-fetched that many would get on and off at least four different conveyances to travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in, at best, perhaps five hours when planes make the trip frequently in about an hour.


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Here's a nice round-up from PRI:

The California High Speed Rail, its formal name, was a hobby-ego project for former governor Jerry Brown that was supposed to move passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco at 220 mph by 2020. Instead, the project is moving at the speed of the museum piece it sometimes appears destined to be. Not a single train has run, with train testing still six to seven years away, amid seemingly never-ending delays.


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