California getting crushed in high-speed rail race

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    California getting lapped in high-speed rail race - The Reporter


    In the international race to build bullet trains, California is not only getting crushed by the likes of France and Japan but also Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.
    Dozens of powerful nations and even far-flung countries on every continent except Antarctica are asking the Golden State what's taking so long to join the bullet train club. The answer could come as soon as this week, when the state Legislature votes whether to start building the $69 billion rail line.

    But don't start booking your tickets just yet: California must overcome more obstacles than the countries that have built the world's 10,000 miles of high-speed rail.

    Europe has a train culture where gas is two to three times more expensive than it is in California. China uses dirt-cheap labor to build tracks at an alarming rate. South Africa needed fast trains to serve the World Cup, and the Middle East wants a faster pilgrimage to holy cities during Hajj and Ramadan.

    California, meanwhile, has high labor costs and strict environmental laws, an awful formula for building a gigantic infrastructure project. We've built dozens of airports and freeways, generating the kind of sprawl and travel options that make a bullet train system harder to justify.

    "For every person who says, 'Oh, I just got back from riding the TGV (bullet train) in France,' there is somebody else saying, 'Wait a minute, California is not like Spain or these other places,' " said Dan Richard, who Gov. Jerry Brown appointed to lead the project.
    "Having said that, I don't think we can or should be blind to what's happened in these other countries because there are a lot of things to be learned."
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    Unfortunately, the cost of high speed rail in the US will prevent it from becoming the primary transportation system. I think history will see the development of our highway system as a major mistake.
     
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    Who built it?
     
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    Liberalism is an awful combination.

    different far left groups will sue the fuck outta state, counties, cities and towns to stop this.

    and you will only have yourselves to blame when the cost goes over 69 billion and it's not half done.
     
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    California can't afford and doesn't need a high speed bullet train.

    :cuckoo:
     
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    Sure it does. If one could get from SF to LA in 2 1/2 hours it would cut the time to less than a flight. Right now the flight takes just under an hour plus the trip to and from both airports, and the need to arrive early for security etc.
     
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    Now, all you have to worry about are enough people traveling from LA to SF, and maybe a few stops in between, to have enough passengers who think it's more attractive than driving and having their car on hand at the destination.

    Poor silly lolberals....They still think America is Europe or Japan....:lol:
     
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    Never been on a high speed train in Europe, have you?
     
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    The cities of Europe ain't San Francisco and LA.

    Here....Down another hit of the brown stuff...It's far out!
     
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