Thursday, February 9, 2017

California Republicans Ask Trump Administration To Block Bullet Train Funding

By LA Times Feb. 06, 2017

California’s House Republicans have asked the Trump administration to block a pending federal grant that will ultimately support the state’s high speed rail project until an audit of the project’s finances is completed.

The letter, signed by all 14 members of the state’s GOP delegation, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, was sent to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. It cites cost increases, reductions in the project’s scope and its failure to attract private financing.

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  1. Hi Larry,
    This is more details than usual, so I am giving this on your page as a thought. Rather than a "Bullet Train" the State of California, especially Governor Brown, should have concentrated more on the States Water situation by building the State's Infrastructure, like his father Governor Edmund Brown did with the California Aqueduct System. What I am talking about can be seen in an Interactive Graph here:
    The State of California's largest reservoirs are Shasta at 4,532, currently at 87% Capacity
    and Lake Oroville that starts the California Aqueduct System is second at 3,538, currently at 89% Capacity, Trinity Lake is third at 2,448, currently only at 64%, representing 90% historical average. Almost every reservoir in California is over 100% their historical levels. San Luis is at 89% Capacity, Don Pedro is at 91% Capacity, Pyramid Lake was at 94% Capacity before the rains we just had. Lake Castaic is the largest lake in Southern California only at 325, less than 1/10th the size of Lake Shasta currently at 88% Capacity.
    The Snowpack for the Southern Sierras is at 37.2" or at 208% Historical average! The obvious better use of resources would be to build a larger reservoir for Los Angeles and San Diego. If our State had been working on that the past 50 years we would not be in a water crisis mode!
    This represents a huge failure on the part of the Government of California!

    1. Agree!!! Gov. Brown and the dems are doing a F'd up job

  2. As someone who rides the Metrolink trains in Los Angeles every day, I say please stop this project. The trains the state currently operate are run down and not properly maintained. They are dirty, rarely on time, and sometimes don't work at all, having to wait another hour because my train broke down. The state doesn't have the budget or the means to maintain the current trains, why are we spending billions on new trains? So we can connect SF to LA? What's the ticket cost? It's it really going to save anybody money over a $59 Southwest flight from LAX to SFO? The whole thing is insane.


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