July 19, 2012

Calif. Gov. signs high-speed rail bill, calls out critics

Governor Brown signed SB 1029 at the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the site of one of the many regional systems receiving funding through this legislation. The Governor also appeared later in the day in downtown San Francisco at the future site of the Transbay Transit Center. Both of these stations will serve as major hubs of the future high-speed rail line. Photo courtesy of Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Governor Brown signed SB 1029 at the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the site of one of the many regional systems receiving funding through this legislation. The Governor also appeared later in the day in downtown San Francisco at the future site of the Transbay Transit Center. Both of these stations will serve as major hubs of the future high-speed rail line. Photo courtesy of Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday signed SB 1029, the $8 billion bill to begin construction of the state’s future high-speed rail line. In 2013, construction of the initial segment of high-speed rail, linking Merced to the San Fernando Valley, will create 100,000 job-years of employment over the next five years, the equivalent of 20,000 full-time jobs annually.

Calling naysayers "NIMBYs," "fearful men" and "declinists,'' the governor celebrated a project that he first signed a bill to study 30 years ago, reported the San Jose Mercury News.

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  • M Dougherty[ July 19th, 2012 @ 12:50pm ]

    His father was responsible for the California Aquaduct which brought water from NoCal to SoCal and the Central Valley which were in dire need of water. Great project! I can't understand the dire need of people to travel between Los Angels and San Francisco. I'm sure some do, but not the tens of thousands of persons per day that will be needed to make the project breakeven. I might be able to understand Los Angeles to Las Vegas but then the Indian Casinos would be upset that some of their business is being taken away. Brown fails to understand the high speed bullet trains are needed in areas on high population density. We don't come close to meeting these density requirements.

  • K Stocker[ July 19th, 2012 @ 3:45pm ]

    This is insane. The state doesn't have the funds to properly maintain the roads we already have. The few people that will use this service pale in comparison to the value of goods shipped on our crumbling highways and bridges. The Left really doesn't get it. We're broke.

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