‘No justification to build’ high-speed rail
April 18, 2012
By Katy Grimes
The official recommendation is out from the Legislative Analyst’s Office – High-speed rail should not be built.
That’s not a “duh” to the LAO; that’s a “duh” to all of the supporters and lapdogs who have been blindly ignoring the economic facts.
“We find that HSRA has not provided sufficient detail and justification to the Legislature regarding its plan to build a high-speed train system,” the LAO published in a report late Tuesday. “Specifically, funding for the project remains highly speculative and important details have not been sorted out.”
The Legislative Analyst went so far as to “recommend the Legislature not approve the Governor’s various budget proposals to provide additional funding for the project.”
But they did “recommend that some minimal funding be provided to continue planning efforts that are currently underway. Alternatively, we recognize that the Legislature may choose to go forward with the project at this time. If so, we recommend the Legislature take a series of steps to increase the chance of the project being successfully completed.”
Read the LAO’s recommendations as well as the acknowledgment that high-speed rail would increase the dreaded greenhouse gas emissions “for many years.”
The report is not long, but is thorough. CalWatchdog has been writing about this for more than two years:
there are more stories: HERE
And the latest LAO report
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