Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces New Plans For High-Speed Rail System

Gov. Gavin Newsom held his State of the State speech on Tuesday morning before a joint session of state lawmakers. One of the highlights was his mention of California's high-speed rail system, and his intent to 'scale back' on the $77-billion project.

“But let’s be real. The project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long,” Newsom said. “There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.”

While Newsom said that California has "the capacity to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield," he also stated, "there simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A," according to the LA Times.

He also commented on his plans to turn the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta twin tunnels into just one tunnel. In regards to the Central Valley portion, the governor said he supports completing that area of the project.

“The tough calls we must make together on rail, water and energy. How we protect migrants, care for seniors, and help the homeless, and how we will tackle the affordability crisis that is coming to define life in this state. I won’t pretend to have all the answers. But the only way to find them is to face these issues honestly,” he said.

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