Bullet train not good for San Diego, critics say

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego County Taxpayers Association says California's bullet train is not going to help San Diego.

Construction on the line began Tuesday afternoon in Fresno when Governor Jerry Brown signed a ceremonial piece of rail.

When the line is complete in 2029, it will run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It's going to cost $68 billion, most of which hasn't been raised.

There is a plan to extend the line through San Diego after 2029, but critics say it's probably never going to happen.

"It's not going to get to San Diego, have no confidence of that happening...you can't say it's creating jobs, can't say it's removing carbon emissions, what are we doing?" said Sean Karafin of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Karafin also said that while the line won't extend to San Diego, San Diegans will still be paying for it.

"General tax payer dollars from the entire state are going to be spent, just as much from someone in San Francisco that might, in theory, get use of the train by 2029," Karafin said.

9 comments

  • Steve

    Hardly anyone rides the train now from Los Angeles to San Francisco, so I have no idea why the politicians think people will ride it in 2029. Amtrak runs now once a day in both directions and so much of the line is single track. If they want to speed up rail travel, why not start double tracking the current line from LA to SF? The rest of the world slowly implemented faster and faster trains as technology got better. We need to 2x track first and then worry about the ‘glamorous’ high speed rail. Will the politicians that are jamming this down the taxpayers ride it?

  • Brian

    I expected balanced coverage and reporting from Fox 5, rather than the biased negative tone of this piece. Many of the provocative statements from this critic are simply incorrect and ignore the facts of the project. Skepticism does not mean the facts are incorrect. This is a program on par with the Hoover Dam, California Water Project, BART, and other major infrastructure programs that saw similar opposition but were built based in a clear vision and every one of these project serves millions of people today. Suggest you contact the California High-Speed Rail Authority to get the facts of this program rather than just providing an unchallenged pulpit for a project opponent.

    • liam

      This should fare as well as Amtrak and that was supposed to serve millions too but is just burden on the tax payers.

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