First HSR line heads
to finish despite critics
Fortunately, conservative San Diegan Chris Reed’s March 3 rant against high-speed rail (“Californians shrug off their high-speed rail boondoggle,” Page A7) doesn’t represent the majority progressive California attitude. The project, though delayed by cumbersome land-use laws, short funding and COVID, nears completion and will finish the 170 miles from Bakersfield to Merced by mid-decade.
The cost-per-mile is lower than comparable international lines. The $72.4 billion London to Birmingham, England 101-mile line is $717 million per mile while the CHSRA $23.1 billion (max estimate) Central
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