California’s bullet train is United States largest construction project. This $68 billion construction galore has been taken up by the California administration and it is Gov. Jerry Brown's biggest initiative.
California's proposed high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the project had identified a much-needed long-term funding mechanism in the form of state cap-and-trade revenue. Earlier this month, project supporters got a legal boost to accompany that financial one.
California Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for further construction of the state's $68-billion bullet train when it declined to hear an appeal filed by Central Valley opponents of the controversial project.
The state Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal from project opponents, which means that a previous ruling, allowing construction to proceed despite claims that the project had changed too much from original voter intentions, will stand.
The new decision may not end the project's legal battles, but it's a major win for high-speed rail advocates nonetheless. The line could get another victory next week if Governor Jerry Brown, one of the project's biggest supporters, wins reelection. The latest polls show Brown holding a 16-point lead over his main challenger, Neel Kashkari, who refers to the high-speed rail line as a "crazy train" and, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, has "promised to cancel it on his first day in office if he is elected."
By the Editorial Team...