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Newsom Abandons High-Speed Rail Project From SF TO LA

KCBS Radio Midday News
February 12, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he will desert the project to build a high-speed rail link from San Francisco to Los Angeles that had been a priority of his predecessor Jerry Brown. 

Newsom made the surprise announcement on Tuesday in his first State of the State speech in Sacramento.

The original goal of connecting San Francisco with Los Angeles “would cost too much and take too long," Newsom said. 

An estimate published last year said it would cost $77 billion to construct the bullet train and would not be complete until 2033. 

Rather than continue with the vision of an SF-to-LA route, Newsom instead said he would pursue a humbler goal of building a train line in the Central Valley from Merced to Bakersfield. 

The cities have great potential, Newsom said, who denied that he was eliminating an expensive project in favor of a "train to nowhere." 

In another blow to former Gov. Brown's ambitious infrastructure plans, Newsom said that he only supports building a single, rather than twin, tunnel to deliver water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta to parts of southern California. 

Reporter Doug Sovern contributed to this report.