Can California Afford to Build High-Speed Rail?

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California’s High Speed Rail project and the California High Speed Rail Peer Review Group were created by state voters in Proposition 1A.  The Review Group is a high-powered panel that provides the legislature with progress reports on the multi-billion dollar system to link the state’s major cities.  But its latest report is a dire warning: the project represents “an immense financial risk to California” because there are no “credible sources of adequate funding.”  The Rail Authority says the report is flawed—and that just releasing it will “create a cloud” threatening the very support the Review Group finds lacking. 




Warren Olney