Thursday, November 3, 2011

The California Bullet Train

We've just received some more news, concerning the California Bullet Train.  For those of you who don't know, the Bullet Train is a high-speed train that travels from San Francisco to LA in about three hours.  That's an eight-hour car trip, so the train saves a lot of time and money.

The only problem is that the Bullet Train doesn't exist yet.

Back in the 2008 election, the people of California voted to build the Bullet Train System. After one year of planning and ten years of building, the train would be operational.  The projected cost was 33 billion dollars, which is a really hefty price, especially considering that the economy had recently died.

Well, it's almost three years from that election, and the train still hasn't left the "planning" phase.  The planning team recently announced that the projected cost has been revised, and now the train is going to cost $100 billion dollars.  Also, it's going to take fifteen more years than originally expected to build the train.  Oh, and also, most of the money that's being used to pay for the train doesn't exist yet.  The state government still supports the project, though.

Ha ha, California.

6 comments:

Inky said...

Japan has one of those "bullet trains" now, {I'm pretty sure.} Japan's bullet trains have been engineered to run on the force of Magnets!
That's pretty exciting for me, because we all know that when the asians start making these new whirl-a-gigs, it's not too long before america mass orders knock off inventions of them from china to be made in cheap plastic. Lol ;)
*I have nothing against the chinese, because I am one.

That must have been a bummer for all those people who were looking forward to fast commute.

Emily said...

It only took 6 years to build the transcontinental railroad and that was back in the 1860s. Just sayin.

Invisible said...

Underestimation to the extreme.

Moriah said...

wow that bullet train project cost a lot of money!

Diana said...

Wow...I live in California...

Sammy said...

*sigh* Why can't the Californian government just admit that they can't afford anything? They need to lose the pride and just abolish the whole idea.