Well, 57 days now. That’s how much time the public has to comment on the new high speed rail (HSR) plan produced by the California High Speed Rail authority. Jerry Brown is still enthusiasically behind HSR, which goes some way to explain how he got stuck with the “Governor Moonbeam” moniker.
HSR costs are billions higher than expected but the new business plan magically projects fares will decrease. I guess the High Speed Rail Fairy (otherwise known as the taxpayers) will have to make up the shortfall. Meanwhile, a new state report has predicted a $294 billion funding shortfall for transportation in California, not including the costs of high speed rail.
The maddening thing about this high speed rail project is that everyone who’s really looked at it has known from the get-go it wasn’t economically feasible. Globally, there’s only one high speed rail line that makes a profit. One. All the others simply lose money more quickly than “normal” rail. If only they’d listened to high speed rail expert, Mr. Joe Vranich, in 2008…
Let’s drive a stake through this thing.