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


This is [California's] money, allocated by Congress for this project.

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.

An audit a year ago was critical of the California high-speed rail authority's decision-making and oversight of billions of dollars.

As for the contentious California WaterFix - which has encountered numerous same hurdles as the high-speed rail project - Newsom has plans to slice former Gov.

"Right now, there simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.", he said.

Instead, the state will finish roughly 120 miles of track already under construction in the Central Valley, a mostly rural agricultural region that runs down the spine of the state, Newsom said.

The California project's envisioned 800-mile network, with trains speeding as fast as 220 miles per hour, made it one of the largest, and most costly, public works developments in recent US history. "I think that was one of the big issues", said Shannon Grove.

California planned to build a 520-mile (826.8 km) system in the first phase that would allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph) in the traffic-choked state from Los Angeles to San Francisco and begin full operations by 2033. "Let us be honest about the trade-off and let us be honest about the cost".

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

For the moment, only the Central Valley segment of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train will be built.

The President posted the pointed criticism on his preferred social media outlet early Wednesday evening, tweeting that the state needs to repay $3.5 billion to the federal government in the wake of the Governor's comments on high-speed rail during the State of the State address Tuesday.

The agency charged with building the line has estimated it would cost $77 billion to complete, with a mix of state, federal and private money.

The first stop in the Bay Area for the high speed would have been San Jose.

"We are the only country in the civilized world without high-speed rail".

"California's consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data", said Newsom, who praised a strict California data-privacy law that takes effect in 2020. "He spoke to the hard work of prioritizing while also balancing "dollars and cents" so I appreciate his approach in starting with the Bakersfield to Merced connection".