220 MPH Train Will Be Built in California
California voters approved a key measure Tuesday that will link cities across the coast on a high speed rail system that will travel at 220 MPH. Right now the drive from San Francisco to LA takes at minimum 6 hours along long roads that are often traffic packed. If a Californian opts for the train, the Amtrak Coast Starlight’s journey takes a minimum of 12 hours and is known for running behind thanks to other freights on the tracks. The new high speed rail, proposed by the California High Speed Rail Authority back in May, will link these two major cities by a 2 hour and 40 minute trip at around $55 for a one way fare. More below the fold.
Tuesday a majority of Californians voted yes on Proposition 1A. The Proposition approved an almost $10 billion down payment on the rail system’s construction. The new line will link Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego and is expected to carry around 100 million passengers a year by 2030. The rail is expected to be in service in a minimum of nine years.
The new rail line will reduce California’s need for 12 million gallons of oil a year and will also reduce the state’s annual carbon footprint by 12.7 billion pounds. It is projected to reduce traffic congestion, create 450,000 jobs in the state and generate a surplus of $1.1 million a year.