Gavin Newsom questions high-speed rail
|Newsom in Paris in 2009:|
That was then, below is now
Kathy Hamilton reports that Gavin Newsom has turned into a critic of the California high-speed rail project:
T. Boone Pickens and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom made some interesting statements about the California project on May 1, 2013 at the Milken Institute Global Conference...When T. Boone Pickens was asked what he thought of the project he said, “ High-Speed Rail in California? Do it when you have money, not when you don’t have money.” Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom also responded and said, “More and more legitimate questions are being raised. I’m questioning it for obvious reasons. The federal government’s exuberance and support is clearly not going to be there in a sustainable way. And then there are the operating questions, no other high-speed rail in the world operates without a subsidy. I think we have to be sober about this.”
A video of the comments by Pickens and Newsom here.
It's a bad sign when even Democrats are beginning to question it, but other city Democrats continue to support the dumb project, like Scott Wiener and Mayor Lee.
See also The California High-Speed Rail Project: An Updated Due Diligence Report, by Joseph Vranich and Wendell Cox.
The folks at Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD) are having trouble getting documents on the bidding process from the CHSRA.