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California will not complete $77 billion high-speed rail project - governor

14 February 2019, 07:40 | Devin Moran

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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that he was abandoning plans to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, citing the high cost and the time it would take.

Newsom said he wants the state to move ahead a high-speed line between Merced and Bakersfield. "But let's be real. There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency".

California Governor Gavin Newsom slammed the breaks on a high-speed rail system once lauded by the Obama administration as its "transportation legacy".

"I don't intend to file suit against all 47, but I'm not going to preside over neglect and denial", he said.

"I know that some critics will say this is a 'train to nowhere, ' but that's wrong and offensive".

This effectively puts an end to former governor Jerry Brown's "legacy" project, the lone tangible accomplishment for a second gubernatorial stint that had been far better at raising taxes and imposing draconian legislation than building things.

The rail service was meant to decongest key airports and highways that have reached saturation points in the most populous and richest state in the nation.




Hill said delays in purchasing the land, the need to buy more parcels than projected, and the increase in land prices account for about $725 million of the cost increase; construction delays, $325 million; intrusion barriers to separate bullet-train tracks from adjacent railroad lines, $450 million; increased costs with outside agencies, $600 million; and contingencies set aside for future increases, $600 million. Three days after Election Day, the High Speed Rail Authority released its 2008 Business Plan estimating the project would cost $33 billion with a completion date of 2020.

"Newsom wants to spend tens of billions on a rail line between Merced and Bakersfield - a complete waste", DeMaio said.

"Now, just like back then, we must stand up for those maligned, marginalized, and scapegoated", he said.

Republican state Sen. Jim Nielsen of Fresno said Newsom's comments were an acknowledgement the full train would never be completed. "And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump".

The Obama administration awarded the state a total of $3.5 billion in 2010 and California voters in 2008 approved almost $10 billion in bond proceeds. He said his administration would seek to align economic and workforce development strategies in that region - anchored by high-speed rail - and pair them with tools like opportunity zones, to form the backbone of a reinvigorated Central Valley economy.

Newsom criticized "fear-mongering that's coming out of the White House", likening Trump's rhetoric on immigrants to George W. Bush opposing same-sex marriage when he was president, during an era when LGBT people had less public support and fewer civil protections.

For the moment, only the Central Valley segment of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train will be built. "He described a country where inequality doesn't seem to be a problem, where climate change doesn't exist, and where the greatest threat we face comes from families seeking asylum".



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