“The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Monday unveiled a new business plan slashing $30 billion from the price tag for connecting Anaheim and San Francisco,” according to the O.C. Register.
Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) could not hold back his glee at this news. He sent out a press release where he stated that “This is good news for those of us who advocated for a blended approach to building high speed rail. With this new plan to move forward with early improvements to existing rail, jobs will be created sooner rather than later. And to construct 300 miles of electrified rail from Merced to San Fernando Valley in ten years is realistic. “
Not so fast. The new $68.4 billion price tag is far higher than the $43 billion promised in the ballot initiative voters approved four years ago, according to ABC News.
And, according to the O.C. Register, “Richard Tolmach of the California Rail Foundation, a longtime critic of the authority, said he can’t figure out how the agency shaved 30 percent off its costs.”
The November 2011 business plan – much criticized for its $98 billion cost – clearly laid out the sources for its numbers, Tolmach said. Not this plan.
There are even more reasons to doubt this plan – the bottom line is that it looks like a sales job by the cronies that Gov. Jerry Brown appointed to the High Speed Rail Authority.
This rail system will never have any high speed trains on it. There won’t be any direct trips. It is all a multi-billion dollar lie. Shame on Solorio for propagating this load of B.S.
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