Bullet train could bring LA and San Francisco closer
Bullet train could bring LA and San Francisco closer Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife Anne Gust sign a portion of the rail at the California High Speed Rail Authority ground breaking event (AP photos)
Bullet train could bring LA and San Francisco closer
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California has broken ground for its $68 billion high-speed rail system. The train promises to whisk travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

The bullet train project is the first in the nation to get underway. The project faces challenges from cost-cutters in Congress and farmers suing to keep the rails off their fields. Others doubt the state can deliver the sleek system as designed. They worry it will become an expensive failure.

But Gov. Jerry Brown said high-speed rail is essential to meeting his latest goal. He wants the nation's most populous state to get half its power from renewable energy by 2030.

"It's not that expensive. We can afford it. In fact, we cannot NOT afford it," Brown said. "All these projects are a little touch and go. You'll have these critics say 'why spend all this money?'"

"On the other hand I like trains, I like clean air," Brown said. "And I like to enjoy the comfort of trains. I like to get up and walk around and shake hands. You can't do that in your little car as you look in your rearview mirror."

The high-speed rail project is one of the biggest public works endeavors in the country. Its supporters say it promises to boost the state's economy with thousands of jobs, including many in the Central Valley. That area has been hard-hit by recession and drought.

Zooming along at 200 mph, the trains could unite northern and southern California like never before.

The high-speed train tickets will be similar to the cost of air travel, promoters say. The trains would deliver people to downtown stations, saving more time and money. Fares are projected to run from $81 to $89 one-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

By comparison, riding Amtrak between east San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles now takes 11 to 19 hours. It costs $59 to $138 each way. That rivals the expense of an airline flight, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

By car, the journey takes at least 6 1/2 hours in the best traffic. The price varies widely depending on the type of car, gasoline prices and highway tolls.

Gina McCarthy is administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She said the all-electric trains will run on renewable energy. The trains, she said, will take cars off highways and provide an alternative to flying on jet fuel, which pumps far more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

High-speed rail is good for our health. It is good for our climate and it is good for our economy," she said.

About a dozen protesters shouted "show me the money" during the groundbreaking for the train. The system will initially share existing rails with freight trains, but the plan is for it to eventually travel at higher speeds on dedicated rails.

Californians approved a nearly $10 billion bond for the train in 2008. In 2012, the federal government dedicated $3.3 billion in stimulus funds.

Bullet train systems make money in other countries. California officials are banking on this one to entice private investments. They want to see development around the stations to offset the costs.

The initial work is on a 142-mile stretch north and south of Fresno. By 2029, planners hope to complete 520 miles of rails. They would link San Francisco's downtown Transbay Terminal to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Critical thinking challenge: San Francisco and Los Angeles are hundreds of miles apart. How will the bullet train make the cities seem closer?

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COMMENTS (82)
  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    1/26/2015 - 09:02 p.m.

    I think that it is just stupid to have people make another subway system to travel. I think that is just dumb. See, if they are going to make people travel from San Diego to LA, then they should use airplanes or something else to make people travel. I just think that the government s just wasting to much money and they just don't know it yet. I hope that they can change how they spend money these days. I hope that these people can know that they are spending millions of dollars to just make San Diego and LA faster to reach to each other. I just think that they are just being stupid. I hope that they don't make this decision a finale one and they can think about it.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    1/26/2015 - 09:31 p.m.

    I think this would be a huge improvement in transportation because people don't need to drive more than 5 hours just to get somewhere. With the bullet train, traveling would take less than 3 hours. If it takes that short amount of time to get to San Francisco, then I think the tickets would be very expensive, ranging from about $500-$1200. Also, it would be crowded because so many people would be taking the bullet train. For a solution, I think there should be more than 1 bullet train built so more people can travel.
    Critical thinking challenge: San Francisco and Los Angeles are hundreds of miles apart. How will the bullet train make the cities seem closer?
    Answer: The bullet train will make the cities seem closer because it takes a shorter amount of time to get to each city.

  • grants-2
    1/26/2015 - 09:42 p.m.

    In this article we are in the process of building a super fast bullet train. The goal is to stretch this track up to 520 miles but potbelly will go more. But the initial work is on a 142 mile stretch of land. Californians approved nearly $10 billion in 2008 for this train. and the federal government dedicated $3.3 billion in stimulus funds. so hopefully this thing is as good as they say it is.

  • JackD-3
    1/26/2015 - 10:28 p.m.

    This article was about how there is a bullet train being made in order to connect San Fransisco and Los Angeles. The bullet train costs a lot of money and many people are complaining about it. It will cost about $81 to $89 for a one way trip to either of the cities. This train will also run on renewable energy and will go speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. This train will be ready by 2030 and will be available to the public.

    I think that this article was very interesting but I think that we should use that money for something more practical like ways to conserve water.

  • Kaylab-5
    1/26/2015 - 10:54 p.m.

    This article is about a "Bullet Train" that will cut the time to get from Los Angeles to San Fransisco in half. The cost would range from $81 to $89. It is a $68 billion project and many are complaining about that. Jerry Brown says otherwise. I think that this is a great way of transportation especially because of the cleaner air and environment.

  • brandkelly
    1/27/2015 - 11:06 a.m.

    Wanted to ever go to San Francisco will now is your tim, well in five years .you may have enough time with it going to take only three hours the reason for being so fast in five years is the new railroad system or bullet train connecting Los Angeles streets to of San FranciscoI I think that it is cool to be able to get such a forplace in such a short amount of time this will bring new opportunities for families to vacation or just get a night out of town.

  • JordanOBlue
    1/27/2015 - 11:59 a.m.

    I think that it's a great idea to make trains to travel even faster through areas that aren't very close to each other. If this train is a success, then it will allow many people to travel on the same train, making less pollution in the environment. I would love to ride this train myself, and see if the train delivers as promised. If this train is successful, I will definitely try to ride this train.

  • kevik-4
    1/27/2015 - 12:17 p.m.

    In this article it talks about how California is going to make a built train to go from Los Angles to San Francisco bay. The project is planing to cost $68 Billion. People are asking how are they going to get that much money but Jerry Brown says we have the money to do so don't worry. Farmers are protesting that the rails should not go threw there farms. I think it is a good idea because it cost less than driving a car and a plain and the train can get you they in only their in a few hours. Another thing that is good about train is it is clean to the environment. It is clean burning and will not cause pollution because it is electric.

  • nylienc-Koc
    1/27/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    I think if they accomplish this that it would be of great convience to the people and would be a great addition to the help of preventing global warming.

  • nylienc-Koc
    1/27/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    I think if they accomplish this that it would be of great convience to the people and would be a great addition to the help of preventing global warming.

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