by triadconservative_5yodkx January 21, 2024January 21, 2024 High Speed Rail: A Boondoggle in the USA Environmental Extremism But this is the way they want us to live after forsaking our automobiles: Share: Post navigation « Tedros Wants To Reduce Access to Certain FoodsPoor Nikki » 4 thoughts on “High Speed Rail: A Boondoggle in the USA” “Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” “Now, as the nation embarks on a historic, $1 trillion infrastructure building spree, the tortured effort to build the country’s first high-speed rail system is a case study in how ambitious public works projects can become perilously encumbered by political compromise, unrealistic cost estimates, flawed engineering and a determination to persist on projects that have become, like the crippled financial institutions of 2008, too big to fail. Proposed California High Speed Rail The California bullet train’s route is from Los Angeles to San Francisco, traversing the state’s mountain ranges and its Central Valley. The route was selected over proposals that would have roughly followed the I-5 and the I-580 highways between Southern and Northern California. The pros and cons of these routing choices have been debated for years. Only now, though, is it becoming apparent how costly the political choices have been. Collectively, they turned a project that might have been built more quickly and cheaply into a behemoth so expensive that, without a major new source of funding, there is little chance it can ever reach its original goal of connecting California’s two biggest metropolitan areas in two hours and 40 minutes. When California voters first approved a bond issue for the project in 2008, the rail line was to be completed by 2020, and its cost seemed astronomical at the time — $33 billion — but it was still considered worthwhile as an alternative to the state’s endless web of freeways and the carbon emissions generated in one of the nation’s busiest air corridors. Fourteen years later, construction is now underway on part of a 171-mile “starter” line connecting a few cities in the middle of California, which has been promised for 2030. But few expect it to make that goal. Meanwhile, costs have continued to escalate. When the California High-Speed Rail Authority issued its new 2022 draft business plan in February, it estimated an ultimate cost as high as $105 billion. Less than three months later, the “final plan” raised the estimate to $113 billion. The rail authority said it has accelerated the pace of construction on the starter system, but at the current spending rate of $1.8 million a day, according to projections widely used by engineers and project managers, the train could not be completed in this century. “We would make some different decisions today,” said Tom Richards, a developer from the Central Valley city of Fresno who now chairs the authority. He said project executives have managed to work through the challenges and have a plan that will, for the first time, connect 85 percent of California’s residents with a fast, efficient rail system. “I think it will be successful,” he said.” HaHa ! Fred, I had read previously about the boondoggle in California; and it is a great example of all the foolhardy decisions being made. They certainly have the population there to support it, if not the density, but the question is will people really use it to a significant extent? On a related note: Asheville: $5 million for five electric buses; three don’t work. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/01/5-million-down-drain-asheville-grapples-idle-electric/ Thanks, Jaycee. I had not seen this. Yet another boondoggle, right here in NC! The article does not even address the fact that the terrain around Asheville is not exactly flat; and electric buses have difficulty making certain levels of grade in hilly terrain. Comments are closed.