in the vicinityVideoNew California Governor kills plans for a new high-speed rail
Chuck Devore, former California assemblyman, says that the cost for high-speed-rail-would tickets cost twice as much as a plane ticket.
The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it will examine “all legal options” to reclaim $ 2.5 billion in Federal funds through California on the now-defunct high-speed rail project, and also that he intends to terminate, $928 million in Federal grants not yet paid out, for the project to link Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The move was a dramatic escalation in the war of words and policy between California and the White house. California Gov. Gavin Newsom,a Democrat, said during his state of the state address last week that he was admitting shelves plans for the expensive project, that ” as currently planned, [it] would cost too much and take too long.”
Republican lawmakers in the Golden state responds by is building for a referendum vote on Newsom’s plan to be much shorter, 171-mile railroad through the state’s Central Valley.
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Ronald Batory, said Newsom’s statements constituted a “significant retreat from the Government’s original vision and commitment, and frustrated the purpose for which Federal funding was awarded (i.e., a first investment in the larger high-speed rail system.”
Batory, write to the California HSR authority (CHSRA), also charged that the state had “not materially complied” with the agreement carry significant matching funding to the project in the last few months. To spend, for example, Batory noted that California committed $141.8 million to “advance the final design and construction activities” on the high-speed rail network in December 2018, but at the end of the recording only $47.9 million in expenditures.
December 2017, file photo shows one of the elevated sections of high-speed rail under construction in Fresno, California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)
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In addition, the letter pointed out that the project has not yet been completed up to the year 2022, when the state agreed to the work.
The contract is terminated 5 is set to be effective. March, although Batory, the possibility offered by California officials to deny that the government results.
The high-speed railway has been seen as a vulnerable and problematic project for years. According to a timeline first approved $created by citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), California voters in 2008, “9.95 billion in bonds for the first in the nation, 800-mile high-speed rail project with an initial cost estimate of $35 billion, to be completed by 2020.”
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By 2014, construction had not yet begun, but in his state of the state address, then-Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, “ad-libbed [a] summary of the Little engine that Could, rhythmically your signature line chanting,” I think I can, ” four times.”
In the year 2017, the Orange County Register wrote: “More time and tens of billions of dollars more expensive than estimated when the California voters approved the measure in 2008.”
Finally, Newsom announced this month, “Let’s be real. The current project, as planned, would take a lot of cost, and respectful for too long. There was too little oversight and insufficient transparency.”
The constant delays and higher costs to California Democrats has a primary goal for the White house. On Tuesday, the Trump California mocked for joining 15 other States sued the government on his last emergency Declaration, and added that a vaccine on the rail project. (The $77 billion project will dwarf the cost of a wall on the border-estimated at $20-25 billion.)
FILE: Feb. 13, 2013: A computer rendering of California’s proposed high-speed train.
“As I predicted, 16 States, led mainly by Open-border Democrats and the Radical Left have filed a lawsuit, in which, of course, of the 9. Circuit! California, the state that seems to be a waste of billions of dollars wasted for your out-of-control (Fast) train, with no hope of completion, in batch!” he tweeted.
The President added: “The failed fast train project in California, where the cost of a world record-setting, overruns are always a hundred times more expensive than the much-needed wall!”
To build last week, Trump and Newsom publicly sparred over the Governor-a sudden withdrawal from the Pact, the rail network.
In a tweet, Trump wrote: “California was forced to cancel the massive bullet train project, after he turns spent and wasted many billions of dollars. You owe the Federal government for three and a half billion dollars. We want the money back now. The whole project is a “green” disaster!”
Newsom shot back 40 minutes later.
“Fake news” Newsom wrote. “We build high-speed railway, it connects the Central Valley and beyond. This is CA be the money allocated by Congress for this project. We are not going to give it back. The train leaves the station, you better come on Board! (Also, desperately looking for some wall $$??)”
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In a statement, CAGW President Tom Schatz said, there were larger lessons from the debacle.
“California high-speed rail fantasy was quickly told a train to nowhere at taxpayer expense,” honey. “This failed boondoggle should be taken as a huge red stop sign for all politicians that support it, the “Green New Deal” and his equally grotesque promise of the termination of the flight and forcing the taxpayers to pay for a California-style rail system over the entire nation.”
Fox News’ Kelly Chernenkoff, Adam Shaw, Frank miles, and Andrew O’reilly contributed to this report.