Cash-Strapped Calif. Building 'Bullet Train to Nowhere'?
A new poll shows that California voters no longer support building a $68
billion high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
But the Democratic-controlled state legislature is expected to approve the
initial $6 billion, 130-mile section of the line — which could lead to the
construction of a costly "orphan track" in rural California not connected to
The high-speed line was approved by 53 percent of voters in a 2008 ballot,
allowing the state to raise $10 billion from bonds and secure $3.5 billion in
stimulus money from the Obama administration.
But the project remains about $54 billion short of what is required for
completion, "raising fears that the state will be unable to find the funds to
finish later sections, and could be left with a futuristic rail line linking
minor cities and farming communities" — an "orphan track linked to neither major
city," The Telegraph reported in an article headlined "Buyers' remorse for
California's 'bullet train to nowhere.'"
The new poll found that 59 percent of voters would oppose the bullet train
project and halt borrowing if given another chance to vote.
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