'Let's be Real': Governor Dramatically Cuts California High-Speed Rail

'Let's be Real': Governor Dramatically Cuts California High-Speed Rail

'Let's be real, ' the Democrat Newsom said in his first State of the State address on Tuesday in Sacramento. "We can align our economic and workforce development strategies, anchored by high-speed rail, and pair them with tools like opportunity zones, to form the backbone of a reinvigorated Central Valley economy".

Newsom also used the occasion to blast President Donald Trump on immigration for the second time in as many days.

Hill said delays in purchasing the land, the need to buy more parcels than projected, and the increase in land prices account for about $725 million of the cost increase; construction delays, $325 million; intrusion barriers to separate bullet-train tracks from adjacent railroad lines, $450 million; increased costs with outside agencies, $600 million; and contingencies set aside for future increases, $600 million.

The state got $3.5 billion in federal funding to complete the Merced to Bakersfield line.

It's unclear how customers would get any money and how long it might take Newsom's administration to draft a specific plan.

Newsom, though, said he wants to finish construction that's already under way on a segment of the high-speed train through California's Central Valley, arguing it will revitalize the economically depressed region. The project's cost, originally pegged at $33 billion, ballooned over the last decade to an estimated $77 billion (or maybe as high as $98 billion), with little reason to assume that the cost inflation would end there.

Rather than focus on Trump, though, he spent the bulk of his speech on California policy.

Republican state Sen. Jim Nielsen of Fresno said Newsom's comments were an acknowledgement the full train would never be completed.

Pull up a comfy chair, it's Nintendo Direct time
We're just getting started on today's Nintendo Direct, and like always, Nintendo is pulling no punches from the beginning. We could also learn more about Luigi's Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing , both of which are heading to the Nintendo Switch.

During his State of the State address, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday said his administration is putting a halt to the highly anticipated high-speed rail that would travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Gavin Newsom's office says he is fully committed to building a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

"We have to be realistic about the project - that means refocus and reprioritize to get a finished section from Bakersfield to Merced", Melgar said, adding that the governor intends on "completing the bookend projects and finishing the environmental review for the San Francisco to Los Angeles leg". "This entire thing has now changed from whether or not there's going to be a high-speed rail to what's going to be left for central California". And I know this, in the bottom of my heart: "The best is yet to come".

"The federal government has put $3.5 billion into it", Devore said.

"Last week, we heard (Trump) stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values", he said.

In his speech, Newsom rejected Trump's rhetoric about an "emergency" at the border as part of a "manufactured crisis", noting that data has shown that undocumented immigrants are generally less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens. "These cities need to summon the political courage to build their fair share of housing".

"Taking care of each other, showing courage when it matters most - this is what we do in California", the governor said after recognizing Pierce in the Assembly gallery.

Related Articles