Californian Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that he is moving Los Angeles state's massive high-speed rail project to San Francisco, which was more than a decade behind schedule and billions in the red.
"Let's be real," Newsom said in his first address to the state. "The current project would cost too much and respectfully take too long, as planned, there was too little oversight and too little transparency."
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Newsom added While California has "the ability to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield", "there's simply no way to get from Sacramento to San Diego to come, let alone from San Francisco to LA "
The battled A $ 77 billion high-speed train was embarrassing for the Golden State and plagued with problems from the start.
The idea advanced by Newsom's predecessor, Jerry Brown, is a few years behind the 2033 timeline with the most recent completion estimate
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High speed train planners have been under increasing pressure to make progress in the system many believe there is no plausible way of life
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. Californian voters endorsed the low-cost proposal in 2008. Supporters ̵
But critics claimed that the high-speed train project was a waste of time and money.
"This so-called bullet train is a search solution San Diego councilor Mark Kersey told Fox News in 2018, adding that the billions spent on the project" could be invested in our current infrastructure needs, such as z Water storage, flood control, highways and bridges. "
Some supporters argued over the years that the project should continue because millions of dollars had already been spent.  Others said it was time to cut and run.
In late November, a government audit highlighted the shortcomings of the project, which put pressure on then-Gov.-elect Newsom to reduce the construction of a train Make other important changes.
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According to the state's test, the state has to repay up to 3.5 billion US dollars in federal funds.
"This test is so damaging. Basically, there is no road to perfection and it has now triggered a state audit," said Jim Patterson, a Republican from Fresno, who urged for the exam.