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California will not complete $77 billion high-speed rail project - governor

14 February 2019
California will not complete $77 billion high-speed rail project - governor

"The state's high-speed rail project is required to provide $713 million toward Caltrain's $2 billion project to electrify the rail corridor and replace most of the commuter-rail system's aging diesel trains with a new electric fleet that will reduce travel times, improve train frequency, and increase systemwide capacity", Hartnett said.

Newsom disputed Trump's claim there is a crisis on the border and said any need for National Guard troops was eliminated when Trump decided earlier this month to add 3,750 more USA troops at the border.

A state audit issued in November said California's High-Speed Rail Authority's "flawed decision making and poor contract management have contributed to billions in cost overruns and delays".

The state got $3.5 billion in federal funding to complete the Merced to Bakersfield line. "The current project, as planned, would cost too much and take too long". Jerry Brown, the state's HSR program has ballooned in cost from $64 billion to $77.3 billion and wouldn't be completed until 2033, according to the California High-Speed Rail Authority's (CHRSA) 2018 business plan.

He said the state would not "walk away from this whole endeavour", because "abandoning high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises and lawsuits to show for it.' He was also 'not interested" in returning the$3.5bn of federal funding.

The Obama administration awarded the state a total of $3.5 billion in 2010 and California voters in 2008 approved almost $10 billion in bond proceeds.

Newsom took his pitch to Twitter following the announcement, saying he is still going to "make high-speed rail a reality" despite the bullet train misfire.

The expensive project, which would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours, has been stalled since construction started in 2015 under then-Gov. He's proposed a new tax to raise money for water infrastructure projects.

Newsom said high speed rail was about "economic transformation" of the Central Valley, and 'we can align our economic and workforce development strategies, anchored by High-Speed Rail, and pair them with tools like opportunity zones, to form the backbone of a reinvigorated Central Valley economy'. We have the capacity to complete the rail between Merced and Bakersfield. And I know this, in the bottom of my heart: "The best is yet to come".

Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for Newsom, said in a statement that the governor is "open to constructive input on this issue and has directed his team to work with the experts in this area nationally and legislators to recommend a proposal". "Because last week, we heard another president stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values". "These cities need to summon the political courage to build their fair share of housing".

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he'll have a plan within 60 days for dealing with the recent bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric after years of devastating wildfires.

Newsom's speech also detailed his ambitious policy goals for the state.

"Taking care of each other, showing courage when it matters most - this is what we do in California", the governor said after recognizing Pierce in the Assembly gallery. He also promised to address the pressure that climate change is putting on utilities.