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Californians Turn Against L.A.-to-S.F. Bullet Train

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Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

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You people approved the publicly funded high-speed rail line that's slated to take us from Southern California to the Bay Area ... some day.

See also: $100 Billion Bullet Train.

But following a comedy of run-ups, including a more than doubling of projected ticket costs from $55 one-way to $120 and a similar two-timing of proposed development costs from $45 billion to $100 billion, it looks like you're having second thoughts:

The latest USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll revealed over the weekend that seven of 10 California voters would like another shot at the Golden State bullet train at the ballot box.

So, then, what if there was a re-vote?

Ah, this time more than half of you (52 percent) would shut it down, USC says. About 43 percent want this train to keep on truckin.'

In 2008 you voted to borrow $9 billion to kick-start this bullet train, which is still being touted by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Still, 61 percent of voters said such a rail line would have benefits when it comes to reducing freeway and airport traffic. Sixty-five percent said the project would create much-needed jobs.

And about four in 10 of you said that if they built it you would come in terms of getting from L.A. to the Bay, according to the poll.

Drew Lieberman, vice president of Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner:

Most voters want to stop this high-speed rail project, but it may be more of an objection to the execution than to the concept. A plurality of voters would choose high-speed rail over flying or driving, and the data indicate there's a bloc of people who would want the chance to vote again, but might be looking for a better approach rather than doing away with the idea altogether.

Oh, and Elon Musk's proposal for an ultra-high-tech, yet super-low-cost, 30-minute "hyperloop" train fantasy? Few have even heard of it, according to the poll. In fact three out of four of you said you knew little or nothing about the L.A.-to-S.F. pipe dream.

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