California’s high-speed rail could fail to meet required trip time
Amanda Bayhi | March 31, 2014
California’s high-speed rail is supposed to transport travelers at high speeds, allowing them to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just two hours and 40 minutes.
However, the bullet train may not be able to get travelers to their destinations in the anticipated amount of time.
Louis Thompson, chairman of the High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group told a California Senate panel last week that the train could take up to a half-hour longer, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Citing “real world engineering issues,” Thompson said scheduled trips won’t meet the two hour and 40 minute trip time, which is required for the project to receive the $9 billion in voter-approved borrowed funds.
The project has also faced other pitfalls, including concern over design changes and the price tag that has nearly doubled from $33 billion to $68.4 billion.
The L.A. Times notes that the trip time extension could affect a proposal that would allocate $250 million in greenhouse gas taxes to the high-speed rail project.
MORE FROM News & Analysis
- Secret Cold War bunker found inside Brooklyn Bridge (PHOTOS)2223 Views
- Most common work-related deaths for highway and bridge construction workers1274 Views
- DOT loans $950 million to Florida highway project544 Views
- Tolling becoming the solution of choice for most Americans486 Views
- California drivers paying the price for deficient roads and bridges 311 Views