January 31, 2013 |
Construction for high-speed rail through the Central Valley is supposed to start in July. But the state of California still hasn't purchased any of the land along the route. How will the train get from one city to the next? Magic. ALSO: Photos: Unbuilt L.A. Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The feline killer that stalks the streets Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
November 20, 2012
Re “ Bullet train leg to finish later ,” Nov. 16 It has been my experience that high-speed rail has brought untold benefits wherever it has been developed. The early decision to solve Japan's transportation needs with bullet trains had many side benefits, including the development of both industrial and commercial centers that were and are major supporting elements to the success of the system. The same can be said for the TGV in France. Jobs, growth and more freedom of movement are but a few of the positive elements from this long-overdue project.
August 16, 2012 |
California's bullet train is appropriately named -- not because it will ever be as fast as a speeding bullet but because it has taken more potshots than a Montana stop sign . Critics deride the line as a train to nowhere that will never attract the funding needed to run all the way from Sacramento to San Diego (with a spur to San Francisco) as originally envisioned. What's more, they say, the train's planning has been so undermined by special interests that it has no chance of running fast enough to fulfill its promise to get from L.A. to San Francisco in 2 1/2 hours.
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September 28, 2013 |
A majority of voters want the California bullet train project stopped and consider it a waste of money, even as state political leaders have struggled to bolster public support and make key compromises to satisfy critics, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found. Statewide, 52% of the respondents said the $68-billion project to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by trains traveling up to 220 mph should be halted. Just 43% said it should go forward. The poll also shows that cracks in voter support are extending to some traditional allies, such as Los Angeles-area Democrats, who have embraced the concept of high-speed rail as a solution to the state's transportation problems.
March 30, 2013
Re "High-speed rail's strongest backers have concerns," March 27 It is time to put a bullet into California's bullet train. What is the justification, in the present difficult economy, to build a staggeringly expensive rail line that only a small percentage of the people will ever use and, according to this article, likely won't be a true high-speed system? The state should instead take a fraction of the $68 billion for this project and upgrade airports and highways. In the long term, California should invest in research to develop a cost-effective high-speed transportation system for the 21st century.
July 19, 2012 |
Hop a ride to the future -- but hope that cattle migration doesn't interrupt your commute. California's high-speed rail project has been approved, though the initial phase would only link two cities in the Central Valley. These are not exactly major centers of business and culture. ALSO: Divvying up California's water Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons California, look to Wisconsin for budget lessons Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall . Follow Opinion L.A. on Twitter and Facebook .