Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Gov. Plans to Downsize High-Speed Rail, Water Projects

Gov. Plans to Downsize High-Speed Rail, Water Projects

"The project, as now planned, would cost too much and take too long", Newsom told lawmakers in Sacramento during his first State of the State address. The Central Valley segment was expected to cost $10.6 billion, according to the latest business plan.

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".

"And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump", he added. "The project, as now planned, would cost too much and take too long".

California was one of the first USA states to champion a government-owned high-speed rail system like those that are ubiquitous in parts of Europe and Asia. The project's cost, originally pegged at $33 billion, ballooned over the last decade to an estimated $77 billion (or maybe as high as $98 billion), with little reason to assume that the cost inflation would end there.

"For those who want to walk away from this whole endeavor, I offer you this: Abandoning high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises and lawsuits to show for it", Newsom said on Tuesday. Instead of a dedicated high-speed rail line, the trains would be integrated into regional rail lines for $68 billion.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is striking another anti-Trump tone by announcing his decision to withdraw most of the state's National Guard from the border.

Constructing a high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco and building two massive water tunnels to remake how the state's water is moved from north to south were among Brown's chief priorities.

During his State of the State address, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday said his administration is putting a halt to the highly anticipated high-speed rail that would travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The governor also said he will name his economic development director, Lenny Mendonca, to chair the High-Speed Rail Authority, and vowed new transparency and to hold contractors and consultants accountable to explain how tax dollars are spent. He does not believe a short rail line from Merced to Bakersfield will help the Central Valley.

Newsom's administration recently sued Huntington Beach for failing to reach housing goals and says he'll meet with other city leaders next week.

"Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield, and communities in between are more dynamic than many realize".

"I know the valley".

"The federal government has put $3.5 billion into it", Devore said.

Newsom also promised to have a plan within 60 days for dealing with the recent bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. after years of devastating wildfires. They will work with his administration to develop what he called a comprehensive strategy.

In his wide ranging speech that announced a number of new initiatives to address problems such as homelessness and Alzheimer's, Newsom compared Trump's "so-called emergency at our border" to President George W. Bush opposing same-sex marriage during a State of the Union address.

"We are all frustrated and angry that it's come to this", Newsom said.

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