Majority of Californians want bullet train stopped
September 30, 2013
The majority of California voters want the high-speed rail project stopped, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. [LA Times]
Statewide, 52 percent of respondents to the poll consider the $68 billion bullet train project a waster of money and want it stopped, while 43 percent said it should move forward.
The bullet train project linking Los Angeles to San Francisco has fallen a year behind schedule and is facing lawsuits that could cause further delays.
A year ago, state rail officials said public support of the project would increase as the plan became clear. But, 70 percent of respondents said the high-speed rail project should return to the ballot, whereas only 55 percent said so last year.
Sixty-one percent said the bullet train would reduce traffic on highways and at airports, but only 39 percent would take the rail over flying or driving. Fifty-eight percent of voters polled said they would rather fly or drive from Southern California to the Bay Area.
A majority of voters in the Bay Area still support the project, but respondents in Southern California, the Central Valley and Northern California counties all favored killing the project.
Fifty-one percent of Bay Area respondents said they support the project, while 56 percent in Southern California, 59 percent in the Central Valley and 61 percent in Northern California counties said the project should be killed.