Newsom Begins to Kill the Future

Newsom cites costs, delays for limiting rail program to California’s central valley.

Source: Calif. Gov. Newsom Wants to End High-Speed Rail Program to Link LA and SF – TheStreet

There will never be a better time to build a high-speed rail network for state, and we should get it done. If the current project is poorly managed, we should either rethink it or replace it.

The only people who should align against high-speed rail on principle are those with a vested interest in the status quo. Anyone else who takes the time to look into it should recognize that this is a more convenient, sustainable, and desirable form of transportation than buses, cars, or even planes.

I love my car and the drives up the 5, the 99, and the 101 more (probably) than just about anyone else. But the sustainable future of this state must include high-speed intercity rail transport, and the sooner we begin to build a network that links our cities, the better and less expensive it will be.

Let us hope that the governor’s move is the end of the beginning of that process, not the beginning of the end.

Stepping off of my soapbox.

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