California High-Speed Rail: A Visual Tour

Posted by Content Coordinator on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

“In California, the High-Speed Rail Authority is planning a new a high-speed train system serving the state’s major metropolitan areas.  High-speed trains will be capable of maximum speeds of 220 miles per hour with an expected trip time from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 40 minutes. The system is forecast to potentially carry over 100 million passengers per year by 2030. Voters in California recently approved $9 billion in bond funding for the 800-mile statewide network.”

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About California High-Speed Rail Authority
“Established in 1996, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is the state entity responsible for planning, constructing and operating a high-speed train system serving California’s major metropolitan areas. The Authority has a nine-member policy board (five appointed by the governor, two appointed by the Senate Rules Committee, and two by the speaker of the Assembly) and a small core staff. All environmental, planning and engineering work is performed by private firms under contract with the Authority.”

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2 Responses to “California High-Speed Rail: A Visual Tour”

  1. Alek F says:

    Awesome video!
    I am very-very excited about the project,
    in full support,
    and am looking forward to the opening of the line!

  2. Kevin Knox says:

    Great production video, however the 9 Billion Dollar Bond is just a minor down payment on a debt that will have so many cost over-runs that it will saddle future generations in California with a terrible debt liability. Cost over-runs are just the beginning. If you are curious, just look at the “Sprinter Train” in San Marcos, California. It went grossly over-budget. I feel this is a plan that will cost our state a great deal of future personal wealth and will usher in a new era of yearly tax increase to cover spiraling cost increases. They forgot to tell us about the tax increases that most certainly will be coming. All they are showing us is the “energy savings” and short “trip times”. They never give us the total cost of this “White Elephant” Wake up California!!!

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