Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

California Scraps Plan For LA-San Francisco High Speed Rail

California Scraps Plan For LA-San Francisco High Speed Rail

"Importantly, [the governor] also reaffirmed our commitment to complete the environmental work statewide, to meet our "bookend" investments in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and to pursue additional federal and private funding for future project expansion", California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly said in a statement. Brown wrote, adding, "There is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California". "Right now, there simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to LA".

President Donald Trump is demanding California return billions of dollars to the federal government following Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to scale down the state's costly high-speed rail project. Of the many high-speed rail lines built in the developed world, only two (Tokyo-Osaka and Paris-Lyon) have ever been profitable, and in each case highway tolls for the same routes exceed $80 one-way, making high-speed rail in those cases an economical consumer choice. Jerry Brown signed it hours before the secretary of state's initiative deadline.

"Now, let's talk honestly about clean drinking water", he said before calling it a "moral disgrace" that some Californians still lack access to clean water.

The project was long opposed by Republicans in the statehouse and in Congress, who tried to choke off federal funding. But he also praised Trump for his calls to lower prescription drug prices.

An audit previous year was critical of the California high-speed rail authority's decision-making and oversight of billions of dollars.

"He set audacious goals, and he's assembling a formidable team to achieve them", said Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, a Democrat.

"What I heard him say is we have a segment in the central valley that is under construction that is funded", said State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco.

His leadership change on the water board comes not only as the board debates the twin tunnels project but also as it oversees a controversial plan to increase flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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He supports finishing the rail line - already under construction - between Bakersfield and Merced because it would stimulate the economic of the state's central region and reduce air pollution, the Los Angeles Times reported.

For ten years, the project has been beset by ballooning costs, dozens of lawsuits, budget overruns, and scathing audit reports.

"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, no more xenophobia and no more nativism", Newsom said.

Newsom took his pitch to Twitter following the announcement, saying he is still going to "make high-speed rail a reality" despite the bullet train misfire.

"The status quo is not an option", the governor said of the contentious project. We have the capacity to complete the rail between Merced and Bakersfield.

"Let's get something done once and for all", he said, arguing the Central Valley should not be left out of the project's "economic transformation".

"As many of you know, based on my previous comments and comments that I have made as recently as yesterday, I think this whole border issue is manufactured", said the California governor.

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