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California's 220MPH High-Speed Railway Is Finally Being Built

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It's been a long time coming, but the state of California is finally building its long-promised high-speed rail link. The new line, which will see trains travel at up to 220mph, will finally start construction this week.

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The initial build begins on January 6th at Frenso, and will eventually see trains travel from Sacramento in the north to San Diego in the south. But in the first instance, work will concentrate on building a line through the Central Valley, before linking San Francisco and Los Angeles. Once it's done, it should allow travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles within three hours.

It'll be some time before that's possible though—and construction is already proving problematic. The estimated total cost is a dizzying $68 billion, and the amount of disruption for new stations is also proving controversial. Still, with such fast journey times, we can at least hope that the line will ease at least part of California's traffic congestion. [California High-Speed Rail Authority via CBS San Francisco via Engadget]

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Ahhhh, c'mon, don't just repost this stuff without checking. Yeah, I know, it looks so sure of itself, why would you doubt it? I've done blind repost too.

It's not high speed - they already gave up on that. It will cost more than $200B. They've violated every speed and budget constraint in the proposition(s) including actually having funding before they start. It's all been a deliberate and cynical lie.

So just to be clear- they knew from the start this couldn't meet any of the speed or budget requirements. It's just to get their foot in the door for sunk cost fallacy. The only reason this keeps pushing forward is to keep funneling money to Gov. Brown's donors.