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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"Let's level about the high-speed rail," Newsom said. "Let's be real, the current project as planned would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long. Right now, there simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were."

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I hate to say I told you so...No I'm not. I've been saying for several years it would never be completed.

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-12 04:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But it is going to make travelling from Bakersfield to Madera a snap!

-Former Gov. Moonbeam

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 04:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Does Newsome know that you can already travel by car, bus or train from Merced to Bakersfield in less than 3 hours right now?

I expect he'll cancel that as well.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-12 04:37 PM | Reply

-But it is going to make travelling from Bakersfield to Madera a snap!

"Well it's better than nothing," said a visibly shaken Ocasio-Cortez on Capitol Hill today.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-12 04:53 PM | Reply

You know they're close when "Rent-free AOC' makes a cameo appearance in the right-wing therapy circle.

Last one to post has to eat the cookie!

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-12 05:01 PM | Reply

As Obama once said: "You didn't build that"!!!

#6 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-02-12 05:05 PM | Reply

Last one to post has to eat the cookie!

#5 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2019-02-12 05:01 PM

Looks like Snoofy has lost the----------- more than a few times...

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 05:07 PM | Reply

Lost!?! Pfffft. i see it as winning.
-Snoofy

#8 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-02-12 05:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

But how will you get to Hawaii in AOC's future world?

#9 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-12 05:25 PM | Reply

Sailboat. It's a really nice trip if you don't mind not seeing land for 10-14 days.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-02-12 07:05 PM | Reply

Of course there's a path, if we weren't stuck picking up the slack for the rest of the country. We could easy hire the Japanese to consult on building HSR here, but unfortunately we're stuck subsidizing the chronic economic malaise of red states, so the money that should be used for Intrastate public transport is wasted on coal-huffing inbreds.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-12 07:16 PM | Reply

--We could easy hire the Japanese to consult on building HSR here
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Bullet trains are cost-effective in Japan because they have, wait for it, high population density. They don't build high speed trains that run through several hundred miles of desert, because they aren't...stupid!

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-12 07:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of course there's a path, if we weren't stuck picking up the slack for the rest of the country.
#11 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

I voted in favor of the bullet train when it was on the ballot because I believed at the time, and still do to this day, that we need to embrace rail because it can work efficiently and because the air travel experience is god awful. That said, I knew fully well that the chance it would succeed in CA was close to zero. This had nothing to do with cost even - we all knew the cost estimates were drastically understated - but the fact that it was in CA. The regulatory environment in CA makes it impossible to pull these types of projects off in a reasonable time which causes costs to balloon and pushes out the revenue stream. But, like Musk and Tesla - despite the odds, someone needed to try.

My hope was that the Leftists that run the state would be forced to choose between the environmentalists/regulation lovers that are destroying CA industry and green travel. I was hoping that they would come to their senses and we could move forward together to lead the nation on the future of infrastructure. Instead, the worst aspects of the regulation lovers and environmentalists have won out and the state is the ultimate loser. Money wasted and the chance you will get people to vote for another groundbreaking project of this scale is now basically zero. This is a sad day for the state and country.

#13 | Posted by nobiasposter101 at 2019-02-12 08:31 PM | Reply

The name no bias poster contrasted with the severe partisanship just eliminates any chance I would read a single sentence of anything you ever write.

Screw your head on straight.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-12 10:49 PM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY NOBIASPOSTER101

You are full of a lot of ----, aren't you?

I agree with your first paragraph but your second paragraph gives you away as a troll.

Environmental regulation has nothing to do with it, eminent domain does.

#15 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-12 11:22 PM | Reply

Bullet trains are cost-effective in Japan because they have

#12 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

You're a ------- moron. Japan's trains are cost effective because they're actually fast. Population density only matters at the ends of the tracks, dulli. Do you not understand how much easier it is to build in a desert than it is through mountainous islands? Do you not understand that we don't need as many hubs as Japan?

Do you cons ever think? Ever? Seems you latch on to the first opinion you read and stick with it till the end.

#16 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-12 11:25 PM | Reply

Environmental regulation has nothing to do with it, eminent domain does.
#15 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

That's why the EIR is still ongoing I guess. You must not be from around here.

#17 | Posted by nobiasposter101 at 2019-02-13 02:46 AM | Reply

because the air travel experience is god awful.

#13 | POSTED BY NOBIASPOSTER101 AT 2019-02-12 08:31 PM | REPLY

The train experience will be identical, except your peak speeds are 1/3 less. Same TSA, same or less passenger space than most regional jets, even the same airport destinations.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-02-13 07:22 AM | Reply

Well.. was going to be the same airport destinations. Now it's linking a mere 80,000 people to 300,000 people over just 160 miles. Medium speed rail would be the best solution here and most likely what Cali will end up with. It's affordable.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-02-13 08:27 AM | Reply

If you're wondering what Medium Speed Rail is, it's 110mph. It's what regional planners aim for. It's affordable Class 8 track. You can use standard grade crossings. Go over 110 and you need vastly more expensive FSA crossings with impenetrable car barriers.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-02-13 08:29 AM | Reply

I'm sure the Feinsteins got their money up front.

#21 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-02-14 06:35 AM | Reply

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