Work begins on Calif. bullet train as costs swell to $68 billion and locals fight against it

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  • fatherof7 Phelan, CA
    Oct. 20, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    Clown Brown and the Sacramento Circus continue to keep the unions and their votes in their pockets. This "speed" train is not about what is good for California. It's this kind of stuff that continues to drive "producers from California into other, more tax friendly places to live."
    Bob Tait, Phelan, California.

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    Oct. 20, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    "one of the possible routes" --- $13.2 Billion was approved for a project they are now *guessing* will cost $68 billion. And (oopsie) the bullet train ride is looking more like car travel time.

    Is this an exercise in faith, or folly?

    Oct. 20, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Having lived in California for decades, I've seen a lot of stupid decisions, but none with the horribly large financial impact of this one!

    This will never pay for itself and never run at capacity but will create thousands of construction and maintenance jobs at a cost that is around 50 times the salary of each job created.

    CA will still be paying for this boondoggle for many decades after it is decommissioned!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    OUR federal tax dollars at work, building an over priced toy that no one will use, and will require subsidies for the next 100 years to keep it operating.

    A total waste of money we have to borrow from China. We will pay more in interest alone on this project that it will ever make in profits, and it will never pay for itself.

    But, we cannot cut a single dollar of federal spending, we are told. This would have been a good place to start. It is a good place to start now, and a good place to start tomorrow, even if half built.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 20, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    @morpunkt - I agree.... we just need more 4 lane freeways..... that will solve the problem... Why would anyone want options when it comes to travel. Be a proper American, buy a car and sit in the middle of traffic like the rest of us... or go back to your fancy pants asian and european counties where this stuff works. We don't solutions.... we just want to complain and tell everyone else how stupid they are.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    Oct. 20, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    A lot of money earmarked to Florida was reprogamed to California. Our Gov. refused the money since it came from the President, the only reason.
    You can send it back after next election please.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Oct. 20, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown and the bullet train.
    Dumb and dumber.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    We are, I believe, entering an era where absolutely nothing can be built anywhere, ever, without someone, or some group, objecting to it in an empowered way. No dam, cel phone tower, road, pipeline or power line is sufficiently important to the common good that someone won't object to it; their reasons are myriad. Objections range from aesthetic to archaeological to the old standbys like traffic and noise, or even the welfare of bats or migrating salamanders. The concept of 'drill baby' quickly becomes NIMBY and then BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anybody) if it's going to be visible from someone's house. I'm not surprised people oppose this rail link. I imagine there were people who opposed the original transcontinental rail links. But that doesn't mean it was a bad idea.