The Bullet Train: California dream or California nightmare?

Costs could jump to $100 billion ($100,000,000,000.00) or more. Photo: Artist Rendering: California High-Speed Rail Authority

MILLINOCKET, Maine, July 11, 2012 — Work may start next year on the initial 120-mile stretch of high-speed train tracks between Fresno and Bakersfield, directly through the Central Valley, California’s most productive agricultural area.

The completed system will cut an 800-mile swath through farmland, cattle country, and residential areas. Over a thousand parcels of Valley property will need to be acquired in the process. By the way, where are the environmentalists on this issue? Oh, I forget, this will impact merely human food production, peoples livelihood and homes. These things are insignificant to protectors of the environment. But you can bet that if the “mule-eyed mud midge” were affected, they’d be out in full force.

Current cost estimates for the high-speed train have been put at $68 billion, with critics saying it will most likely be over $98 billion. From there it’s not much of a stretch to expect that, with cost overruns, it could jump to $100 billion or more.

The California Bullet Train may sound like a good idea, but it may be the final bullet, killing all chances for the state to recover from its fiscal ineptitude.

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Jim Bozeman spent most of his working years in the printing business. Much of his work involved copy writing and proof reading. Born and raised in the Deep South, Jim is now retired and living in central Maine. 



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