California governor pulls plug on LA-SF high-speed train

Leroy Wright
February 13, 2019

Newsom made the announcement in his State of the State address this morning.

As has been noted, in the overview Ocasio-Cortez released regarding her "Green New Deal", it stated, "Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle".

His remarks on high-speed rail came during his first State of the State as governor of the nation's most populous state. "Let's be real, the current project as planned would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long. There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency".

Concept art shows the planned high-speed train that was to have run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. "I wish there were".

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers the State of the State Address at the California State Capitol, February 12, 2019. "And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump".

California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks after being elected governor of the state during an election night party in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 6, 2018.

Former Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's plan would have cost almost $77 billion and taken more than a decade to complete, according to recent estimates.

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"Importantly, [the governor] also reaffirmed our commitment to complete the environmental work statewide, to meet our "bookend" investments in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and to pursue additional federal and private funding for future project expansion", California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly said in a statement.

Assemblyman Davi Chiu (D-San Francisco) told KPIX he wants a full high speed rail system, but he supports the Governor's position. The state finally broke ground in 2015 on a 119-mile segment between Madera and Bakersfield, but the project has lost popularity and become a growing political target as it blows through deadlines and budgets.

He promised that this part of the project would be more transparent going forward. During the address, he said the state faces "hard decisions that are coming due" on clean water, housing and homelessness.

'He described a country where inequality didn't seem to be a problem, where climate change didn't exist, and where the greatest threat we face comes from families seeking asylum at the border, ' Newsom continued. "Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years".

He said Monday he'll withdraw most of California's 360 National Guard troops on the Mexico border in a rebuke to Trump.

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.

But Newsom's speech went beyond immigration and other disagreements with the White House to his own ambitious policy goals for the state.

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