“This map is just some freelance kook’s imagining.”
Not that I support the idea, but from the article comes this statement:
>>Twu’s not just guessing where those routes should be, either. “The routes are based on various studies by government agencies and advocacy groups,” he explains. <<
That means that someone has spent taxpayer money on these various proposals and this map is just a summary of all of those proposals in one, single graphic.
Of course he's going to say that. Some advocacy groups, wild dreamers like himself, have similar maps, and their websites do their best to come across as at least quasi-official..
But from what I've seen of the government maps, none seriously has a high speed rail line from Chicago to Los Angeles. That's not saying there might not be kooks and dreamers somewhere in the government, though ...
Probably a page out of the Agenda 21 playbook.