Gov. Newsom puts brakes on high-speed rail project

Gov. Gavin Newsom pledges to scale back high-speed rail and twin tunnels projects in State of the State speech

Gov. Newsom puts brakes on high-speed rail project

"Let's be real. The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long".

Newsom's announcement seemed to confuse supporters and critics alike, prompting his administration to clarify that the Central Valley segment's prioritization does not mean the abandonment of the entire project.

And in a tweet, the governor's chief of staff, Ann O'Leary, said Newsom "fully committed to high speed rail as part of All in California economic transformation, and clean energy future". "And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump".

However long it takes for San Francisco and Los Angeles to be a priority once again, it's sure to throw off several transportation projects centered around the high-speed rail.

While Newsom put a stop to train that would run throughout the state, he said he would allow the construction in the Central Valley, from Merced to Bakersfield, to continue.

When voters approved rail in 2008, they were told it would cost $40 billion, but the project has now ballooned $77 billion for completion of the system, which timeline has been pushed back until 2033.

The Obama administration awarded the state a total of $3.5 billion in 2010 and California voters in 2008 approved almost $10 billion in bond proceeds. While he will reassign more than 360 National Guard members deployed to the border to other duties in the state, 100 plus members will remain at the border as part of a drug trafficking task force. The project, which over the last two decades has been plagued by cost overruns, lawsuits and other hiccups, is supposed to go from San Diego to Sacramento and Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The governor also said he will name his economic development director, Lenny Mendonca, to chair the High-Speed Rail Authority, and vowed new transparency and to hold contractors and consultants accountable to explain how tax dollars are spent.

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority said work will continue of the project but with a focus on the Central Valley project.

"Newsom wants to spend tens of billions on a rail line between Merced and Bakersfield - a complete waste", DeMaio said.

"But let's just get something done", he said. And I know this, in the bottom of my heart: "The best is yet to come".

"Last week, we heard (Trump) stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values", he said.

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