California Bullet Train Would Die if Voters Had Their Way
LA Weekly has been expressing doubts about California's proposed $100-billion-plus bullet train for a few years now. Although we got some criticism for it, it looks like a majority of you are starting to have the same second thoughts.
In fact, some of the highest resistance to the high-speed rail project that would run from L.A. to the Bay Area comes from Angelenos, according to new data released over the weekend by the USC Dornsife / Los Angeles Times Poll:
About 56 percent of would-be voters in L.A. County would say no to the train if allowed to vote on it again; 37 percent would be in favor. In San Francisco the train would win 47-45.
About 66 percent of Central Valley voters were opposed to the train, which would run through their farm region.
Statewide, if a re-vote on the train were allowed, 59 percent of would-be voters would say no; only 33 percent would give reaffirm it.
About 55 percent of statewide voters said they'd be down for a re-vote.
California already approved the train in 2008, voting to borrow $9 billion in seed money to get it started. The project has the support of President Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown, mainly as a pump-priming tool for jobs and economic stimulus, it seems.
But projected costs have ballooned to more than $100 billion, with a one-way trip from L.A. to San Francisco slated to cost $120.
The USC poll says a majority of you would rarely if ever use such a train:
Just one percent of voters said they would use the high-speed rail line between Southern California and the Bay Area to travel once a week. Four percent said they would use it monthly; 24 percent said they would use it several times a year; and 69 percent of Californians said they would use the high-speed rail line rarely or never.
The biggest problem for this train is timing -- California is facing another crushing budget deficit and a stalling economic recovery. Dan Schnur, director of the poll:
Californians aren't necessarily against the idea of high-speed rail. But they don't want to spend all that money right now, and they don't trust the state to make the trains run on time.
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