The California high-speed rail project has been called too expensive and too slow by critics, and it seem the average person is starting to agree. A poll conducted by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times has found that 52% of Californians want to call it quits on the California High Speed Rail Project.
The California High Speed Rail Project is a $68-billion project to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by trains traveling up to 220 mph. Progress has been slow from the get go, and so far the project is one year behind schedule, has been met with a series of lawsuits, and the cost of the project keeps rising.
Sen. Quentin Kopp, who served for years on the California High-Speed Rail Authority board, has said that the agency will need another bond measure to complete construction. That means voters could potentially weigh in on whether or not to allow the bond, and that means the same voters who once supported the high speed rail project could kill it.
The poll consisted of a sampling of 1,500 registered voters in California. Conducted in mid-September, the poll did find some differences in voter opinion about the project across the state. Most significantly in the liberal Bay Area 51% were in support of the project, while in the Central Valley 59% of respondents oppose the continuation of the project.
The California High Speed Rail Project is a good project; in fact it is arguably a necessary project that is way overdue here in one of the richest and most developed nations in the world. That being said it is very easy and valid to argue against a project that could end up costing twice as much as predicted. With Elon Musk’s proposed hyperloop gaining some much-needed money and brainpower, it could end up as a real alternative to high-speed rail in California.
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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison