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  1. #1 Newsom’s shorter California bullet train plan likely to run out of money 
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    The California bullet train project will probably run out of money before it can fulfill Gov. Gavin Newsom’s modest plan to build a high-speed operating segment between Bakersfield and Merced, according to a Times analysis of the state rail authority’s financial records.

    The governor declared his support for the scaled-back rail plan last month, saying that for the foreseeable future the original goal of a Los Angeles-to-San Francisco system would cost too much and had no path forward. Instead, Newsom said, the state did have the “capacity” to build a 171-mile route through the almond orchards, orange groves, vineyards and oil fields of the Central Valley.

    But the project faces many challenges, including an investigation by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation that has been looking at allegations of poorly controlled or improper spending by the California High-Speed Rail Authority in the Central Valley, according to individuals familiar with the probe
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    And there is little doubt many in this group are supporters of the NGD coast-to-coast hi-speed rail proposal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rd-try View Post
    And there is little doubt many in this group are supporters of the NGD coast-to-coast hi-speed rail proposal.
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    Newsom did not provide a cost estimate when he announced his plan to focus on a Bakersfield-to-Merced rail line. If no new problems emerge, the cost will run about $16 billion to $18 billion for structures, electrical lines, train stations, signals, a heavy maintenance facility and bullet trains, according to the rail authority’s business plan and technical cost documents.
    newsom wants to blow 16 to 18 billion for a train corridor that nobody is going to use but his party is fighting with all their being to spend 5 billion $ to build a border wall that will greatly enhance national security.
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    Bakersfield and Merced are significant cities, the former especially. But there is no huge unsatisfied demand for high speed rail between the two points. They're ~165 miles apart, with SR99 freeway connecting them. It's a 3 hour drive. This is a purposeless boondoggle at best and the start of doing Arnies' and Jerry's Folly piecemeal at worst.
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