Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nowhere to No place in Record Time

The New Bullet Train -Service doesn't start for 10 years, but the train's ready
The State of California will build the first 250 miles of bullet train track between San Jose and the Bakersfield area and now aims to offer service on the line in less than a decade. (Question: Who’s going to pay to ride from San Jose to Bakersfield, no matter how fast you can make the trip?)

The new plan represents a seismic shift from the California High-Speed Rail Authority's 2012 decision to build the first segment of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles rail line between Burbank and the Central Valley. (2 areas that actually do a lot of business together)


They say they had to change course to keep costs down, in large part because the southern segment will entail expensive tunneling costs through the Tehachapi and San Gabriel mountains. (Question: Do they think labor and material costs will go down in 10 years?) 

Completion of the estimated 64 billion dollar project linking San Francisco and Los Angeles is 25 to 30 years away. (Oh good, I was afraid it was going to be a long way off. Like something we may see in our grand-kids lifetimes. )


They are touting this project as a big win for the state because of all the job opportunities it will create. --I suspect it is more of a win for a handful of investors and Contractors that will retire on the California tax and bond money this will drain away from useful projects, such as replacing old bridges and filling in the potholes. (But don't fret, they are certain the 64 Billion dollar project will pay for itself, in time., Hell they ought to get enough riders to pay that off in under 200 years or so)

Live Long and Prosper...

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