With the cost of the state’s high-speed rail project rising dramatically, a new public opinion poll shows that a clear majority of California’s registered voters would reject the proposal if given a second chance to vote on it today.
As it is currently constituted in North America, high speed rail is nothing but a WPA for consultants. Now,I realize this expression needs a bit of unpacking. The WPA was a New Deal program of Pres. Roosevelt in the Great Depression that built things to create jobs. Frankly, some very durable and lovely buildings were constructed (for example many structures still used by the Little Rock Zoo). The purpose of the WPA was to put people to work and it was sometimes referred to as We Piddle Around. Those who actually lived through it are invited to expand and correct my description. The point today is that the only people getting any benefit from high speed rail are those who produce worthless studies that will be ignored anyway. So there.