Despite cost overruns, lawsuits, public opposition and a projected completion date 13 years behind schedule, California Gov. Jerry Brown broke ground on the California Bullet Train. The high-speed train, set to be completed in 2033, originally was supposed to deliver passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes. (Add another hour and a half drive time from San Francisco to Napa and you could make it on the California Bullet Train to the Napa Valley Wine Train in less than 5 hours!)
When the Bullet Train is complete, that estimated time may increase, but it will still be a lot less time than driving and a lot more convenient and safe, too. Plus it will connect the mega-regions of California; contributing to the state’s economic development and a cleaner environment, creating jobs and preserving agricultural and protected lands.
Under Brown’s direction, the California High Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. Brown has broken ground on the first 29-mile segment of the train’s system. “It’s a long project, a bold project and one that will transform the Central Valley,” Brown said Monday as he began his fourth and final term as governor.
I am very excited about the California Bullet Train. Just imagine speeding down the coast at 200 mph! The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.
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