High speed, high cost for rail system
November 1, 2011
A double-digit hike in costs of California’s proposed high speed rail project will be revealed in a report today. [SacramentoBee]
Estimates now top $98 billion for the plan, which would eventually move passengers through the Central Valley between Southern California and the Bay Area. Officials of the California High Speed Rail Authority have been under fire for the escalating costs as well as the system’s planned routes.
Critics contend the route now under consideration would ravish churches, schools, homes, and destroy a wide swath of commercial enterprises though one of this country’s most productive agricultural regions.
Voters approved a $9 billion rail bond in 2008. But proponents claim that even with the emerging higher costs, the plan still is less expensive than an expansion of infrastructure to handle California’s burgeoning population.
Legislative approval is needed before construction could start, initially in the Central Valley.