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It’s time to stop the California High-Speed Rail boondoggle.
A decade ago, taxpayers approved allocating $9.95 billion of general funds to fund a $40-billion project. Costs are now estimated to be between $77.3 and $98.1 billion. And the costs and delays keep rising.
The earliest year that trains could be running is estimated to be 2029, and that’s only between the Bay Area and the Central Valley. To keep costs down, some of the sections will be a “blended system” where the high-speed trains will share tracks with commuter trains. The high-speed trains will not be able to travel as fast on these sections, nearly doubling the total trip time promised to voters.
This project needs to stop. The taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent.
This article first appeared on www.mercurynews.com
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