Kevin McCarthy and Jon Coupal (“High-speed rail too deeply flawed”) are shortsighted in not supporting high-speed rail for California. Americans need to catch up to Europe, Japan, China, South Korea and Russia.
This is not new technology; Japan and France opened high-speed rail in the 1960s. Their main complaint seems to be cost overruns. But most hightech projects entail cost overruns, especially for defense projects like the stealth bomber or F-22 Joint Strike fighter. We have all seen tremendous “cost overruns” for the Iraq and Afghan wars, even though it is unclear what we have to show for them.
High-speed rail would provide a new and welcome travel option for Californians, superior in security to airplanes (you can’t hijack a train a take it to Cuba). To fight high-speed rail does not “protect our precious taxpayer dollars” but rather supports the airline lobby in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C.