Skip to comments.Brown pins legacy to Calif. high-speed rail plans
Posted on 02/18/2012 11:02:29 AM PST by SmithL
Critics have called it the train to nowhere and a $98 billion boondoggle. As concerns mount over the practicality and affordability of California's plan to build a high-speed rail system, even many former supporters are beginning to sound skeptical.
Not so Gov. Jerry Brown. He has emerged as the most vocal cheerleader of a project that is as risky as it is ambitious.
Building a first-in-the-nation project would provide a lasting legacy for the 73-year-old Democratic governor as he moves into the twilight of a long political career. His father is revered for promoting the construction of California's comprehensive water system and expanding the state's higher education system into a national model.
The stakes are high for Brown as he champions a massive public works project that other governors, notably in Florida and Ohio, have shunned. Many critics, even some fellow Democrats, worry that the rail line will never be self-sustainable and that the financially struggling state will be saddled with huge operational costs.
Yet Brown has expressed little patience for those whose ambitions for the nation's most populous state are lower than his own, dismissing them as "declinists."
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I am all for high speed rail. If it is even remotely profitable, private enterprise would jump all over building it. When the state builds it it will cost 5 times more and take 4 times longer to build.
You are exactly correct on the question of demand. There are planes leaving all the time, and you can book a ticket even at the last minute on most days. So what does that say about the demand for a ticket? A few hundred a day maybe? Maybe 1000 a day?
High speed rail from So Cal to Nor Cal probably wouldn’t have a lot of demand especially in a state that doesn’t have very good local transportation. If you go to a city you need to move around that city too. You need buses that will accommodate luggage and run at late hours to all parts.