The most recent decision by the governing board for California’s high-speed rail project exacerbates the political boondoggle that it is. The squeaky wheel is getting greased with promised changes in building priorities, evening though the federal and private funding sources are drying up and not meeting expectations.
Support for high-speed rail within the California Assembly remains strong because spending and job promises buy votes from their constituents. Outside of downtown Sacramento, support is waning amongst voters who are concerned about how tax dollars are being spent.
High-speed rail has been downgraded to a dedicated passenger line that goes a bit faster than the car traffic on the interstate, but doesn’t make direct connection with airports or even light-rail centers. Give us a break, Sacramento, and admit that it wasn’t a great idea. Please cut our losses now!
Mike Haines, Fresno