Gov. Newsom Pulls the Plug on California’s Costly Bullet Train Boondoggle

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"There's no doubt that our state's economy and quality of life depend on improving transportation", Newsom said during his State of the State Address in Sacramento.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced he's abandoning a plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project with an estimated cost that has ballooned to $77 billion.

Newsom did say that the state would continue work to finish the high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield, dismissing critics who would call it a "train to nowhere" and citing the need to reduce air pollution in the Central Valley and tap into the region's economic potential.

As for the other alleged benefits of the high-speed rail, the Reason Foundation (the non-profit that publishes this website) has been warning all along that the train would lose millions of dollars a year, wouldn't be anywhere near as fast as promised, would cost too much to ride, and would not reach anywhere near the ridership estimates that the California High-Speed Rail Authority projected.

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The expensive project, which would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours, has been stalled since construction started in 2015 under then-Gov. "I wish there were". "There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency".

Californians are just going to be left with a train in the middle of some of the more rural parts of the state because the Newsom administration doesn't want to have to repay the federal funding.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to deliver his first State of the State address a day after declaring he wouldn't participate in the Trump administration's "political theater" over border security.

The state got $3.5 billion in federal funding to complete the Merced to Bakersfield line. There would also be governance chnages, with Newsom picking his Economic Development Director Lenny Mendonca as the next Chair of the High-Speed Rail Authority. A document posted online fleshing out elements of the so-called Green New Deal suggests Democrats are looking to "b$3 uild out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary".

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In 2008, voters gave the state permission to issue $10 billion dollars in bonds to finance the project, which was supposed to stretch from San Francisco to Los Angeles. During the address, he said the state faces "hard decisions that are coming due" on clean water, housing and homelessness.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a democrat, also ordered the removal of most of the National Guard troops deployed at her state's border after her Republican predecessor granted the Trump administration's request previous year, Reuters reported.

"Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is cruel", Trump said at the State of the Union, linking immigration to violent crime and other serious problems.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would not participate in the manufactured border crisis and, therefore, pull more than two-thirds of California's National Guard Troops.

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Newsom's speech also detailed his ambitious policy goals for the state.