California Should Alter Its HSR Plans to Save Money

Thomas Elias argues that California's HSR plans should be altered to reduce costs and avoid some urban municipalities against the plans. This would reduce the $25 billion funding gap and allow construction to move ahead.
July 2, 2010, 8am PDT | George Haugh
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Elias thinks "anyone who thinks building a 238-mph rail system between San Diego and San Francisco will come in at or under budget is probably hallucinating." Instead, California should construct as much HSR track as it can while keeping costs low and then running the trains through urban areas like Orange County and the South Bay at slower speeds on existing track. He believes that total journey times will only be increased by around 45 minutes, but California could replace these inner city portions of the route at a later date.

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Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in San Jose Mercury News
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