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NY Times Laments Loss Of California’s Lefty Bullet Train: ‘Can America Still Build Big?’

February 26, 2019 by


By Clay Waters ~ California’s new Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has made liberals crestfallen by conceding to fiscal reality and scaling back the massively expensive and delayed high-speed rail project meant to connect Los Angeles with San Francisco. But Monday’s New York Times didn’t quite frame it that way: “California Curtails a Rail Project, Undercutting […]

Canceled! California’s Billion Dollar Boondoggle Train

February 14, 2019 by


By Craig Rucker ~ The billion dollar boondoggle train no one wanted to ride appears to have reached the end of the line. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he was terminating former Governor Jerry Brown’s pet Green project; a high speed bullet train connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. California’s new Governor was […]

California’s High-Speed Rail Failure Shows The Insanity Of Green New Deal

February 13, 2019 by


By David Ditch ~ Even California can’t apparently support high-speed rail. Just a few hundred miles of high-speed rail in California was well on its way to exceeding $100 billion in costs by the time of completion. As a result, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the state will be massively shrinking the project. “Let’s […]

Press Fails To Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

March 10, 2018 by


By Tom Blumer ~ Friday, California’s High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project’s estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 […]

NY Times’ Ignorant Optimism On $64B California High-Speed Rail Program, Derailed By Reality

March 7, 2017 by


By Clay Waters ~ Thomas Fuller’s New York Times piece pushed for a public works program in La La Land that comes with a big promise and a $64 billion price tag: A high-speed railway that will one day, theoretically, connect San Francisco and Los Angeles in less time than in takes to watch The Dark […]

AP Claims California’s $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Got ‘Overwhelming’ Voter Approval (Of 52.7%), Would ‘Span the State’

October 21, 2013 by


By Tom Blumer ~ In a Sunday morning report which tries to put the best possible face on a project which appears to be on track to make the $22 billion “Big Dig” in Massachusetts look like a petty cash disbursement, Juliet Williams at the Associated Press claimed that the $68 billion involved thus far […]

Shh! Obama Administration Puts Brakes On XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project

July 12, 2013 by


By Emily Goff ~ Let’s call it former Transportation Secretary Ray H. LaHood’s eleventh-hour pardon of federal and California taxpayers. Once positioned by the Obama Administration as its transportation pièce de résistance, the XpressWest high-speed rail (HSR) line from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, has been derailed. Today, Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and Representative […]

Ryan House Budget Would End Spending On High Speed Rail

March 19, 2013 by


By Emily Goff ~ Federal funding for high-speed rail would end under the House fiscal year 2014 budget introduced by Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI). Costly high-speed rail and other intercity rail projects are not federal priorities, especially in this era of trillion-dollar budget deficits. They should not be exempt from budget cuts. As […]

Sessions And Ryan To LaHood: Halt The High-Speed Train To Vegas

March 9, 2013 by


By Emily Goff ~ Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) sent a letter yesterday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging the Department of Transportation to reject a $5.5 billion gamble on high-speed rail. The train, called XpressWest, would run from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, […]

AP Story on California High-Speed Rail Legislation’s Passage Dodges State’s Serious Deficit

July 8, 2012 by


By Tom Blumer ~ The image at right is an artist’s impression of what this high speed train might look like. This image is made even more evocative with the inclusion of those Wind towers in the background, giving the impression that this form of power can actually be used to keep this train running, […]

California’s High-Speed Spending Spree

May 15, 2012 by


By Mike Brownfield ~ The State of California keeps sinking into a deeper hole of debt, with reports showing that the state’s budget shortfall is projected to be $16 billion, up from $9.2 billion in January. But despite all the red ink, the state is still going ahead with a high-speed rail boondoggle that would cost […]

Falsehoods Abound in Case of California High-Speed Rail

January 11, 2012 by


By Emily Goff Last week, the independent California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group recommended that the state legislature not proceed with funding the proposed Los Angeles–San Francisco project. Its argument was grounded in concerns about “the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plan to start construction without any assurance of future funding from the federal government,” according […]