Despite some progress, state’s high-speed rail is $100 billion short and many years from reality

March 25, 2024

California's high-speed rail system is facing significant challenges. The project, initially aimed to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco by 2020, is a decade off-schedule and has a predicted $100 billion shortfall. Even the first segment in the Central Valley needs another $7 billion to be completed. Short-sighted political decisions and lack of proper management have been part of the problem. AsEthan Elkind, director of the climate program at UC Berkeley Law'sCenter for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law, says, “We're starting in the most underpopulated portion of the route...The voters and the taxpayers in the [more] populated areas see no benefit from the system.” Read more here:

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