Where California High-Speed Rail stands now
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Where California High-Speed Rail stands now

September 23, 2019


>>THIS IS THE CEDAR AVENUE VIADUCT THAT CROSSES OVER TOP OF CEDAR AVENUE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HIGHWAY 99. MAX: THIS BRIDGE IS ARGUABLY THE MOST VISIBLE PIECE OF HIGH-SPEED RAIL CONSTRUCTION IN CALIFORNIA.>>I THINK IT’S, YOU KNOW, FOR PEOPLE WHO DRIVE BY HERE ON 99, IT’S THEIR FIRST GLIMPSE OF HIGH-SPEED RAIL BECOMING A REALITY HERE IN FRESNO. MAX: HIGH SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY OUTGOING CEO JEFF MORALES SAYS THIS VIADUCT IS ONE OF THE PROJECT’S TALLEST POINTS IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY.>>WE’RE ABOUT 50, 60 FEET UP HERE ON THIS AND WHERE WE’RE STANDING IS WHERE THE TRACK WILL BE. WE’LL HAVE TWO TRACKS RUNNING RIGHT HERE. MAX: ON THOSE TRACKS, TRAINS CAPABLE OF HITTING 200 MILES AN HOUR. AND WHEN THEY REACH FRESNO, THEY’LL END UP HERE.>>THIS WILL BE THE FIRST HIGH SPEED RAIL STATION NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA, BUT IN THE U.S. MAX: BUILDERS ENVISION A BLEND OF HISTORY, AND HIGH-TECH WITH THE CONVERSION OF THIS HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD SOUTHERN PACIFIC DEPOT.>>WE’LL HAVE DESIGNERS WHO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THAT AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OLD HISTORIC STRUCTURE BUT TYING IT IN WITH THE NEW. MAX: BACKERS BELIEVE IT COULD BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO DOWNTOWN FRESNO.>>IT’S BRING DOWNTOWN TO LIFE AGAIN, AND I THINK IT’S GOING TO ATTRACT MORE CUSTOMERS. MAX: WITH THE $20 MILLION FULTON STREET PROJECT WRAPPING UP AND OTHER REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS PLANNED, SOME RESIDENTS SEE THE HIGH SPEED RAIL AS A MAJOR ECONOMIC BOOST. >>I HOPE THAT SOME OF THE NEW RENOVATIONS WILL BRING ACROSS MORE BUSINESS TO THE LITTLE SHOPS HERE THAT NEED TRAFFIC COMING IN AND OUT. MAX: AND ONCE TRAINS ARE UP AND RUNNING, THOSE CUSTOMERS COULD COME FROM FAR OUTSIDE THE CENTRAL VALLEY>>TODAY IT TAKES ABOUT THREE AND A HALF TO FOUR HOURS TO GET TO SILICON VALLEY, DRIVING, WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET THERE. IT’LL BE ABOUT 45, 50 MINUTES ON THE TRAIN. THAT’S JUST A GAME CHANGER FOR THIS AREA. MAX: MORALES ESTIMATES ALL THIS CONSTRUCTION WILL CREATE 1000 JOBS ACROSS 11 CENTRAL VALLEY SITES WITH 80% OF THE WORKERS COMING FROM THE CENTRAL VALLEY. FRESNO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CEO NATHAN AHLE SAYS MANY AREA WORKERS ARE ALREADY ON THE PAYROLL.>>THEY’RE BUILDING TRESTLES AND BRIDGES AND DOING ALL OF THE INITIAL GROUNDWORK WHERE THEY START TO LAY TRACK BETWEEN HERE AND MADERA, AND THOSE CONSTRUCTION JOBS ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY. MAX: AND THERE ARE EVEN MORE JOBS DOWN THE ROAD FOR WHICHEVER CITY GETS THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL’S BIG MAINTENANCE FACILITY.>>THAT WOULD MEAN THOUSANDS OF JOBS. THOSE ARE GOOD, WELL-PAYING CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE-TYPE JOBS, AND WE’RE HOPING TO HEAR ABOUT THAT BY THE END OF THE YEAR. MAX: IF EVERYTHING STAYS ON SCHEDULE, THE FIRST TRAINS WILL ROLL OUT IN 2025 OFFERING SERVICE FROM SAN JOSE THROUGH THE CENTRAL VALLEY. BY 2029, THE HIGH SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY EXPECTS TO BE RUNNING FROM SAN FRANCISCO DOWN TO LOS ANGELES, AND ANAHEIM. EVENTUALLY, HIGH-SPEED RAIL WANTS TO SEE 12 TRAINS RUNNING EACH HOUR. THAT IS THE VISION THE BRIGHT FUTURE PROMISED AND PROMOTED BY BACKERS OF CALIFORNIA’S HIGH-SPEED SYSTEM. BUT THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS. EDIE: OF COURSE THAT SOUNDS GREAT, BUT ALSO WE KNOW THERE ARE CONCERNS. MAX: NOT EVERYONE IS ON BOARD. THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL STORY. CRITICS WORRY ABOUT THE COST, AND PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THE PROJECT ARE LOSING LAND, HOMES AND BUSINESSES, AND SOME OF THEM ARE FIGHTING BACK. THE VISION — MAKING IT BY TRAIN FROM THE BAY AREA TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN WHAT MIGHT AMOUNT TO THE BLINK OF AN EYE.>>TOP SPEED WE’RE DESIGNING FOR , 220 MILES AN HOUR. WE WON’T DO THAT EVERYWHERE OBVIOUSLY, BUT TRAINS WILL GO AS FAST AS 220, WHICH IS RIGHT AT THE LEADING EDGE OF WHAT’S BEING DONE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. MAX: THE REALTY, SLOWLY COMING INTO FOCUS, AS CONSTRUCTION INTENSIFIES ACROSS THE CENTRAL VALLEY.>>WE’VE GOT, AND WE’RE STILL VERY MUCH IN THE RAMP UP PERIOD OF CONSTRUCTION, GOT ELEVEN MAJOR SITES UNDERWAY AND THAT’S GOING TO MULTIPLY OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND YEARS. MAX: AND IN ORDER TO DO SO, THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY NEEDS LAND, LOTS OF IT. AS OF MID-APRIL IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY ALONE, HIGH-SPEED RAIL REQUIRED THE PURCHASE OF 1711 PIECES OF LAND WITH 1118 PURCHASED SO FAR. OF THOSE, 454 RESULTED IN EMINENT DOMAIN SUITS. SOME HAVE BEEN SETTLED. OTHERS ARE STILL BEING NEGOTIATED. AMONG THOSE TAKING ON THE STATE, FARMER JON TOS.>>GOVERNOR BROWN IS BENT ON DOING THIS, AND SO IT’S A TUG OF WAR, YOU KNOW, IT’S A TUG OF WAR. WHO’S GOING TO OUTLAST WHO. I’M SURE THE GOVERNMENT’S GOING TO OUTLAST INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE, BUT WE’RE GOING TO TRY. MAX: THE ROPE JON AND THE STATE TUSSLE OVER SEEMS TO BE SHORTENING, AT LEAST, ON HIS END.>>ORIGINALLY THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE SIX PARCELS AND THEN IT WAS SEVEN, AND LAST WEEK WE FOUND OUT THAT THEY WANT ANOTHER ONE. SO NOW THEY’RE TAKING EIGHT, EIGHT DIFFERENT PARCELS. MAX: THOSE PARCELS, FILLED WITH FRUITS AND NUTS, RANGE IN SIZE FROM JUST A HALF-ACRE TO 40 ACRES.>>ON MOST OF THESE PROPERTIES WHERE THE RAIL IS COMING THROUGH, IT’S GOING THROUGH ON AN ANGLE, AND IT JUST DISSECTS THE PROPERTY. IT’S LIKE THE RAIL GOING THROUGH YOUR HOME, YOU KNOW, YOU’VE CUT YOUR HOUSE IN HALF AND THAT’S PRETTY HARD TO MANAGE AND THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING TO US. MAX: IN ALISA GOMES’ CASE, HIGH SPEED RAIL DOESN’T FIGURE TO DIVIDE HER HOME, IT FIGURES TO TAKE IT ALL OF IT AND THEN SOME.>>OUR KIDS PROBABLY SEE US AS WE’RE HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THIS AND SEEING US LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE GOING THROUGH IT TOO. MAX: THE GOMES FAMILY STANDS TO LOSE THEIR TWO-ACRE LOT IN CORCORAN, FIT WITH A SEPARATE WORKSHOP AND ROOM FOR LIVESTOCK ANCHORED BY THIS 3400 SQUARE FOOT, SIX BEDROOM, FOUR BATHROOM HOME.>>THE APPRAISAL THAT THEY GAVE US FOR THE HOME, ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS WE’VE MADE AND THE SHOP, WAS $4000 MORE. SO, IT WAS PRETTY FRUSTRATING. MAX: AT SOME POINT, THE FAMILY OF SIX WILL HAVE TO MOVE. BUT ALISA SAYS THE RELOCATION OFFERS DON’T BEGIN TO COMPARE.>>THEY’RE GIVING US OFFERS ON HOMES THAT ARE IN SUBDIVISIONS ON LIKE A QUARTER OF AN ACRE. WHERE ARE WE GOING TO BUILD A SHOP? WHERE ARE WE GOING TO KEEP OUR ANIMALS? AND SO WE FEEL THAT THE RELOCATION OFFERS THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN US AREN’T COMPARABLE AT ALL. MAX: SO LIKE JON, ALISA’S FIGHT PLAYS OUT IN COURT WITH A RESOLUTION THAT’S STILL OUT OF REACH.>>WE HAVE BEEN TO COURT PROBABLY FIVE TIMES, TWO IN OUR CASE AND THREE WHERE THEY’RE TAKING US TO COURT, AND I DON’T FEEL LIKE WE’RE ANY CLOSER TODAY THAN WE WERE A YEAR AND A HALF A GO. MAX: THE STATE HAS SPENT MORE THAN $3 BILLION ON HIGH-SPEED RAIL. MAKING THIS WORK COULD COST UPWARDS OF $64 BILLION. KELLIE: IT IS NICE TO REALLY SEE IN PERSON HOW IT AFFECTS PEOPLE’S LIVES. THIS IS ONE OF GOVERNOR BROWN’S PET PROJECTS. IS HE STILL AS OPTIMISTIC AS HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING? MAX: HE SAYS HE IS AS OPTIMISTIC AS EVER. WE SPOKE WITH THE GOVERNOR

100 Comments

  • Reply Kelly Obrien April 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    In the trash dumpster.

  • Reply marvin watkins April 22, 2018 at 5:13 am

    All Cali residents should have been well aware and psyched up for the fact that eminent domain for HST would come.

  • Reply Corrine Tsang April 23, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Make America great again,borrow  the 1.4 trillion dollars China and HK has in US treasury bonds earning less than one %.We can build all our infrastructures at 800 billion dollars.The bridges ,dam,electricity and water line will pay for itself at two % interest.The 600 billion dollars at two % interest for the HSR needs toll road to pay off the debt.

  • Reply C Brown April 26, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Governor Brown is probably getting money under the table from the builders, that's why it's his pet project. Crooked thief.

  • Reply Walking Journey April 28, 2018 at 10:06 am

    What a scam 💩💩💩

  • Reply 1tired citizen May 2, 2018 at 10:52 am

    The new estimates are over $100 billion and that doesn't count what our governor is going to spend to "Save the Illegal Aliens".

  • Reply Gaurav • May 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    When they complete this project?

  • Reply Glenn Heiselman May 9, 2018 at 1:48 am

    AMTRAK can't even stay on the tracks now and these idiots want to travel 200mph? And when they hit a semi or bus at 200mph they'll be picking up parts over a mile away.

  • Reply Glenn Heiselman May 9, 2018 at 1:51 am

    This will definitely get the illegal aliens and drugs from one city to the next quicker.

  • Reply Władca Wymiaru May 11, 2018 at 9:10 am

    There is ONE hook: in China EVERYTHING cost 10 times LESS that in USA…

  • Reply TheFiscallySound May 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Hyperloop One in tubes underground and above ground will be in operation before Jerry's train to no where will carry its first passenger.

  • Reply Julian Sol May 27, 2018 at 4:33 am

    What a waste of money. I just moved to california from texas few months ago. They need to get that 99 straighten out. That highways fucked up in so many ways.

  • Reply nastynate.2015 May 27, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    jerry the rat brown

  • Reply Jay Aeecee May 30, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    how many times will the train stop between LA and SF. Why can't they use the rial system already in place. This is a move by environmentalist to take away you car. They tried to put an oversight committee in place and Gov Moonbeam denied it. This is going to stuff the pockets of the politicians as usual.

  • Reply Sur Dee June 1, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Stupid idea & we don’t have enough roads in California wasting taxpayers money

  • Reply djschims June 15, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Nice pipe dream.

  • Reply stenbak88 June 16, 2018 at 3:44 am

    What a waste of money, liberals are morons

  • Reply Cal Escapee June 21, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Brown`s Boondoggle. What a Waste of Money.

  • Reply Cal Escapee June 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Hang Brown

  • Reply Bob Ramirezz June 23, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Liberals '' We the People don't own anything''

  • Reply Tony Stark June 26, 2018 at 1:34 am

    64 BILLION ?????? BUILD THE WALL WITH MEXICO AND PUT HIGH SPEED RAIL ON TOP. WILL STILL BE CHEAPER.

  • Reply Dante95240 June 28, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Do you people realize that ALL but a few of these HSR, from ALL OVER THE WORLD, can NOT pay their own way? They ALL are subsidized, and by WHO?? YOU, the tax payer! This HSR is nothing but a glorified Amtrak! It's NOT going to go 200mph, because the rails they are using are not the same type that are needed for HSR. And it's going to cost upwards of 160 BILLION when and IF it goes forward. Its a MONEY PIT, and the politicians are making YOU PAY FOR IT!!! Geez people are stupid here in CA! Duped and snookered into glorious mental mediocrity, all the time bent over and getting pounded by the likes of Jerk Brown and all the cronies in the capitol. Don't believe the talking head presstitutes either, THEY'RE IN ON THE SCAM!!!

    Hey California, you people aren't too smart are ya? Bend over again please…

  • Reply Matt July 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    IDIOTS!

  • Reply Matt July 2, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    SCAM!

  • Reply i am cancer July 6, 2018 at 7:35 am

    i can see it know. one monthe after completion, 10.0 earthquake takes out billion Dollar project..

  • Reply Bob Cruz July 22, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    They should've never passed this through the center valley. They dont want it and they make it more expensive with all the delays. The train should've went strait through the 5 fwy like it was originally planned and rezoned/recreate new residential areas along the way to ease the housing crisis and traffic. Every city on the 99 fwy leech off San Francisco and Los Angeles. The center valley is truly the armpit of California. Sacramento should get rid of the free water subsidies these freeloaders get. Agriculture only accounts for 2% of the Californian GDP so they are insignificant

  • Reply Mike 67 August 1, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Best joke out there what a waste

  • Reply Eric Hudnell August 10, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Brown lives in a liberal la la land.

  • Reply James Smith August 14, 2018 at 5:22 am

    You can go to mars for the amount of money they are wasting on rail

  • Reply James Smith August 14, 2018 at 5:23 am

    This will never be completed

  • Reply Why Me August 14, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Way to Go Jerry I hope you are happy for leaving you mark on People and the land, just bet a earthquake will take it all away.

  • Reply Donald H. Tyers August 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    It will NEVER happen!!! What a WASTE OF MONEY! IT WILL NEVER BE FINISHED! CAL IS BROKE!

  • Reply Billblom August 16, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Where is the next 60 billion coming from? They spent everything already…

  • Reply sagmcnuts August 24, 2018 at 12:13 am

    won't be high speed rail……..it's mixed use

  • Reply Frank Thots August 28, 2018 at 4:23 am

    This was supposed to be done by 2016 according to the ballot measure in 2008 which I voted against. By the time this ia done, Denver will have a Hyper Loop.

  • Reply Jaw Tooth August 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Lets get it done!!

  • Reply Ruben Lopez September 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    So how much is a ticked going to cost from L.A. to San Francisco

  • Reply richies quest September 7, 2018 at 8:54 am

    The US has a third world rail network.

  • Reply Jonathan Cisneros September 12, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    While San Bernardino roads are crumbling these government crooks are a building a high speed rail

  • Reply Jonathan Cisneros September 12, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    The soviet socialist republic of california

  • Reply Joseph Velasquez September 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Bullshit I’m willing to bet that you’ll never see this boondoggle generate jackshit! The state is stealing people’s property for this useless train. With the state in multi year drought the liberals want us to finance a rail to nowhere!

  • Reply Joe Troiani September 16, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Man looks like the majority of Californians are nuts. The lies you people buy. The private investors you idiots were promised never happened. It went from 33 billion to 64 billion and will be 100 billion soon. Only 2 high speed trains in the world ever turned a profit. And that only because the build in small countries with densely populated areas. This train will become another leech on taxpayers. It will require yearly government subsidies to keep afloat just like the post office and Amtrak. And the environmental impact on emissions won’t be seen for well ove 100 years per their own studies. In fact the building of this train is causing more pollution. Plus in 100 years people will be using new technology as transportation. Look private companies want to build a system of travel that can reach dpeees of 800 MPH. And would be privately funded. So if that technology is out there to be able to travel 800 mph, CA is building something that is already out dated. Man CA is nuts!!!

  • Reply Scott Free September 17, 2018 at 4:06 am

    This is so stupid, this train was supposed to pay for itself, instead CA taxpayers will have to pay the 100 million a year in operating costs…

  • Reply J Damian Abel September 21, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Yes, I think I will jump off the high speed train in Fresno and buy a pair of shoes at Pay Less in downtown. Give me a break, what a waste!

  • Reply Roberts TV September 21, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Boondoggle, Pork, Scam, Graft…

  • Reply Go Clunker September 21, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    125mph* STOP LYING

  • Reply James L September 22, 2018 at 10:23 am

    2029… Oh only if there's enough to fund the project…

    Restart the debate of HSR in 2025 beforehand for another 4 years, in case it doesn't work.

  • Reply Hannah Miyamoto September 23, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Amtrak has been promised access to the new tracks as soon as they are ready. Shifting the San Joaquin trains (whch are capable of 125 MPH now) to the new line will cut at least an hour off the existing LA-SF bus/rail connection, and thus faster than driving, in at least cases.

  • Reply Mr Sausage September 27, 2018 at 6:40 am

    What a waste of Money!!

  • Reply Van Inn October 1, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Another Jerry brown and democrat scam of tax payer money while oroville dam fell apart

    Huge waste of money

  • Reply frisco kid October 8, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Vote Republican this November to keep your land from the Democrats

  • Reply Hardus Steenkamp October 14, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    White Liberal Elephant

  • Reply watbri October 14, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    biggest waste of tax payer money EVER

  • Reply South California Bob October 20, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Not even fast enough to be considered "high speed"

  • Reply falkerhard October 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I hope they succeed. Projects like this always have opposition. They are always silenced when they are riding the train for their own benefit.

  • Reply Ryan Toomey October 24, 2018 at 2:57 am

    What a boondoggle. Vote John Cox for governor!

  • Reply Big E November 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    "Smart" people missed one glaring flaw with this whole idea. It is not 1890. It's 2018. You are no longer going over huge parcels of individually held property like ranches that are easy to negotiate. You now have tens of thousands of small properties that have to be negotiated to the smallest detail. A lot of people, e.g. Jerry Brown, will get richer while the tax payers will pony up the money. Good luck with this one.

  • Reply Hey, Good Mornoonevenight November 2, 2018 at 9:31 am

    White people can't built anything profitable with resorting to slavery. Profitable 19th century railroad industry was built on the back of cheap and cheated Chinese labours.

  • Reply Job Applicant November 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    this is pure stupidity. While it could possibly work as "rail", there is ZERO chance of "high speed", that is, it will do 120mph or so, but not more, and mostly because it will not be an express train, it will stop many times and will be awful.. 220mph is a pipe dream, and not the usual opium pipe, this is more like meth or crack

  • Reply Job Applicant November 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I left california in 2010, and do not miss it at all

  • Reply CCR TV November 6, 2018 at 3:27 am

    STOP LYING NEVER WILL BE A HIGH SPEED RAIL IN CALIFORNIA, EVER🔥🐝🔥STOP YOUR CALIFORNIA DRUG FREE MONEY DREAMER DEMENTED DEMOCRATS 🔥🇺🇸🔥

  • Reply dejanique thegoat November 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    As we see now it's a landgrab

  • Reply Anita Castelli November 18, 2018 at 2:29 am

    They don't want people to have land and be self sufficent.

  • Reply R.D Bergman November 19, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    They are literally burning a path through California for this train to proceed..

  • Reply Michael Moyes November 20, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Burning up California for this greed
    Terrorist bitchs

  • Reply Diana Pease November 20, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    It's too bad these trains are so terribly costly but it is an answer to getting around the miserable traffic.

  • Reply Dawn2334 November 21, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Oh lets see how the fires are doing first

    https://youtu.be/xNanLIqEjlc

    ….how many have you intentionally killed for agenda2030 so far cali?!

  • Reply bear morningsun November 22, 2018 at 2:36 am

    You can't tell someone to move off their land because you want to build something on it or for any reason. This goes unsaid. Anyone who does such a thing should be drawn, quartered then impaled. 'Nuff said.

  • Reply 刘杰 November 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    In China,this project will be finished within several months and costs far more less. You know China built thousands miles HSR every year.

  • Reply Ted E. December 1, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Build it and they will come!
    No more of this: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155047951123812&id=86680728811&_rdr

  • Reply KELLI2L2 December 3, 2018 at 11:26 am

    QUESTION 🙋 ~ Were these properties destroyed by the odd fires in 2017 and 2018..?

    Eminent Domain cases closed 🔐❓

  • Reply jaboa jump December 18, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Boonedoggle… Daniel Boonedoggle will prevail…

  • Reply David Davis December 27, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Its a taxpayer money pit or otherwise private sector would build it.

  • Reply X X December 27, 2018 at 6:03 am

    🤬IT IS NOT HIGH SPEED RAIL, only 70 MPH🤑🤑🤑 freight goes that fast

  • Reply Chief60 December 28, 2018 at 5:05 am

    High speed money sucking machine that will be a total waste of our tax money

  • Reply TheSaintST1 December 30, 2018 at 12:04 am

    It should help to decentralise the property splurge you have in San Francisco allowing workers to come from much further afield where houses/apartments can be built, and be much more reasonably affordable. It should be able to spread the money around a little bit better.

  • Reply MrRussian2023 January 31, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I'll stick to driving my own car so no thanks to the train

  • Reply Jimmy Ramone February 5, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    It has and will be built. This will make California greater in many ways.

  • Reply lamabob2 February 7, 2019 at 4:44 am

    What happens to them after it is finished going to do more? They are out of jobs then

  • Reply Boomer February 14, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Joke. Calipornia R.I.P….

  • Reply efren marinelarena February 15, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    they.should.do.one.along the hole.border.on top.of the wall.

  • Reply hector bossio February 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Keep dreaming.. MAFIA DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS mother fuckers. Ignorant people of California, keep using cocaine and antidepressants motherfuckers.

  • Reply Robert Tuss February 20, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Jerry Brown should be in jail for misleading and stealing from the taxpayers.

  • Reply Prime NitroExpress February 20, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    and here we are 2019. the Choo Choo boondoggle is dead and Trump wants his money back. ha ha

  • Reply FMTFXE22 February 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    A Giant Money Pit which will never sustain itself without massive government subsidies. FYI Government subsidies = Taxpayers confiscated money.

  • Reply Warren Mundell February 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I know this is old, but in China when they buy up a house, or land, people are happy to sell, as they get lot's more than it is worth. Keeps everyone happy, and gets the job done. You wonder why china builds rail and road so fast, that is one reason.

  • Reply Troy Cox February 27, 2019 at 5:29 am

    live in ca.lies lies what was built in nine years by illigal aliens shotty construction .you could have built in 3 months.thats why by freeway to fool people work was being done.follow the money.64 million i dont see it.criminals polosi shamedull.

  • Reply Todd Bernhard March 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    This is the future calling…THIS FAILS and should have voted Republican years ago. Could you have used Elon Musk's tunnel technology maybe? Never mind too late now, last one out turn off the lights…and water.

  • Reply SHEILA Houchins March 2, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Isn't this great a high speed rail for the illegals/dreamers what's in it for the American citizens.? IT WAS SAID 1000'S AND 1000'S OF JOBS FOR WHO? THE ILLEGALS? DEFINITELY NOT FOR AMERICANS.

  • Reply SHEILA Houchins March 2, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    In order to get California back to stability this has to happen. Reverse sanctuary state law were california is no longer a sanctuary state. Deport all illegals including dreamers. Abandoned the daca program, get rid of catch and release laws just depart if crossing in america illegal. No longer offered asylum in the United States as a way to enter the US, end AMESTY no more hr1 vista for India people or illegals, end visa lottery and chain migration. No more rewards. Once cross into America illegal you are automatically deported without going to court you will not have a case. America has to start over with a law package like this. One more thing goes in this package. If any democratic/Republican party go against the president who protects American citizens over illegals completely ignores the constitution will be charged with treason and life in prison.

  • Reply como chingan March 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Wait of money !!!!!!!

  • Reply Gene Kelly March 10, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    It has ALREADY fulfilled its main mission-to funnel bribes and kickbacks into politician's pockets! By that standard, it is a total success!

  • Reply Jim Coulter March 20, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Forget it, it is never going to happen! California is a Dead State. Your Democrats took it down, it is over for California. Even if you changed the Parties, it will take Generations to recover. You must cut your your Welfare by at least 50 percent! You were the Golden State because you had good jobs. Your welfare system drove them and the business out of the State, you can thank the Democrats.
    The biggest Enemy of California was Cal Osha. They drove the businesses out of California! I saw it happen. No longer in California. Your Welfare got too Greedy.

  • Reply benito serrano April 25, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    After millions of dollars wasted lol

  • Reply Cob 702 May 30, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    China just announced a 370mph high speed train for mass production for their high speed network, leaves America in tha dust lol

  • Reply Adam Huffnagle June 6, 2019 at 1:35 am

    I imagine, it's at lease 3 or 4 1/2 days by rail from Philadelphia Pa. Los Angeles  California Wonder if Amtrak has plans to shave some time with adding High Speed Coast to Coast.

  • Reply Tom Meyers June 28, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    High speed sidewalks… watch your step… whoaaa

  • Reply Brando Mora July 19, 2019 at 6:06 am

    I want wait for finish High Speed Rail

  • Reply Southern LLC July 20, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    And in the end it failed and never ran a mile. Commifornia proving it's even more of a joke

  • Reply whiteclifffl August 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Waste
    Of
    Our
    Money

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