The dream of past Democrats to have a speedy, environmentally friendly train that connected San Francisco and Los Angeles is officially dead. New Governor Gavin Newsom declared earlier this week it was time to pull the plug on the failed project that has already cost a ton of money while facing years of delays.
Now, President Trump is asking for the federal government’s money back.
California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019
Green disaster, indeed.
This project was doomed from the start in the eyes of many observers, particularly those who recognize the reality that whatever big projects the government decides to undertake will invariably cost more, take longer, and work worse than anticipated. This train was no exception as it’s best-case scenario placed it being complete by 2033.
Now, it’s not going to happen… or is it? According to Curbed SF, a more modest stretch will continue to be built between Merced and Bakersfield. They also quoted local politicians in San Francisco who said the project will still include the full scope of the original plan.
— Curbed SF (@CurbedSF) February 13, 2019
Estimates put the project at $37 billion over budget. Meanwhile Los Angeles can barely contain its homeless problem and San Francisco has more drug abusers than public school children. Yes, California is a shining example of poor prioritization by the far-leftists in charge.