Construction is slated to begin later this year in the route
hosting the nation's most ambitious design for high-speed rail
service - Los Angeles to San Francisco,
The Daily Californian.
Linking the two major West Coast cities in less than three hours
for roughly $81, the proposed bullet train network is initially
projected to cost as much as $98 billion. Yet the publication rails
against resistant legislators who "do not have the best interests
of our generation in mind."
One year ago, high speed rail was all the rage in the U.S. after
President Barack Obama extolled its virtues during the January 2011
State of the Union speech
, citing the service as one method of "winning the future."
The Northeast Corridor - home of the megalopolis stretching from
Washington to Boston - is planners' preferred site where bullet
train service would first be established due to high-density
population being more likely to capitalize on the service. The
high-speed rail service California is embarking on is slated to
travel more quickly than the 150 miles per hour that the Acela of
is capable of reaching as it travels along the Northeast Corridor.
California Governor Jerry Brown is a proponent of the service as he
noted during his
of the State speech
earlier this year that many California and U.S. public works
projects initially faced resistance but proved to be beneficial.