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State Senate Votes for Funding to get Bullet Train Rolling

The L.A. Times reports that Friday's 21-16 vote "allocates roughly $8 billion for the first segment of track and related projects."

[from the Los Angeles Times]

Barring insurmountable obstacles, Californians eventually will be able to ride a bullet train — traveling as fast as 220 mph — between Los Angeles and San Francisco rather than fly or drive on aging highways.

"The Legislature took bold action today that gets Californians back to work and puts California out in front once again," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. The governor has been promoting the project since taking office in 2011 and is expected to sign the funding bill.

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Cary Adams July 09, 2012 at 12:54 AM
People thinking like each of you are probably the type that won't to go outside on a clear day fearing you'll get struck by lightening. I remember when LAX was nothing but a big field west of Sepulveda Blvd. What would we do without it today? Could business interests 120 years ago when building L.A. Harbor envision it's direct impact today on 40% of our economy? How could we function without the interstate highway system if not built for defense purposes? All this 'cheap' talk about the bullet train as a white elephant is non-sense. Just build the damn thing!
Joel July 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Just build a slow train from Chowchilla to Bakersfield? For some reason, Cary, that seems like a really dumb idea. I'm all for forward-thinking projects, but don't believe the CA legislature -- the same folks who can't pass a balanced budget -- should be allowed to manage anything nearly as complex as the damn thing you just want to build.
Sean McCarthy July 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
This project is a variation on the Cash Call tag line - Be a dummy waste more money!
Skraeling July 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
The only true jobs creation effort in the country that does not involve military supplies and it is being tossed. Sure, they could have gone up the 5 Corridor, but California is more than LA and SF....Fresno, a bastion of right wing extremism along with Hanford and Bakersfield, is among the most depressed areas in the country and this jobs program will, if done right, change the entire make up of the interior of Ca. Long overdue...build it today with low interests, which will rise before long, and pre inflation dollars as wars and poor national leadership will surely produce. It is a deal...but strongly opposed by air lines, gas companies, oil lobbies, existing rail lines....and the incredibly wealthy in Kings Co. agri business.
Skraeling July 09, 2012 at 07:38 PM
YOu might be right..see the LA times today...the French, experts on this, offered to build a more direct route and they certainly have the expertise. But, much of the state's poverty, as applied to LEGAL US CITIZENS, lives in the San Joaquin Valley, Palmdale, so this is a jobs program to serve most of California...I hope it eventually gets built and adds a line to Redding and Susanville....a win win for everyone.

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