The governor of California said he’s scrapping a $77 billion plan to build a high-speed rail line that would have connected Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The AP reports that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he will concentrate efforts instead on completing a 119-mile segment in the state’s agricultural heartland.
“Voters approved a ballot measure in 2008 calling for the linking of Northern and Southern California, a rail project initially estimated to cost $33 billion and be completed in 2020. Subsequent estimates more than doubled the cost and pushed the timeline to 2033,” the story reports.
In his first State of the State address, Newsom is quoted saying: “Let’s be real. The current project, as planned, would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.”
The AP adds: “Newsom pledged to finish the segment already under construction through California’s Central Valley. He rejected the idea critics have raised that it will be a ‘train to nowhere’ and said it can help revitalize the economically depressed region.”