California finally ends its bullet train project, after billions wasted
Newsom added that while California has "the capacity to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield," "there simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A."
California voters approved this doomed railroad in 2008 despite being warned that it wouldn’t work, ever. Initial cost was estimated at $33 billion, a figure that later climbed to $77 billion, with projections of a real final cost of over $100.
Environment suits, refusal to grant right of ways, corruption and incompetence were just some of the fatal difficulties. And that was just for a short route from Los Angeles to San Francisco; how on earth do the dreamers expect to build trains across the continent? For that matter, how do they propose running transmission power lines to deliver all their solar energy?