Green Light for $4.2B California Bullet Train

 Would like to take a bullet train to California. However, the wait time won't be that long. As the first segment of California's bullet train appears to have been completed and money and legal permission have been secured. The initial 171-mile route through California's agricultural Central Valley to population centres in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose is now connected, a significant development for the country's most expensive public infrastructure project. However, there are still challenges for its designers to overcome, including the state's challenging topography and seismic concerns. So let's start right now and not waste any more time.


To receive notifications about our next videos, please subscribe to our channel and click the bell symbol before we begin. In June, state lawmakers opted to release the $4.2 billion set aside for the train's first phase. With that done, let's get started. This connects Bakersfield, Fresno, and Marseille, three medium-sized cities. Additionally, the bipartisan infrastructure act for passenger rail may provide the project with more than $2 billion in federal funding. When California voters approved a $10 billion bond measure to help in the construction of the trains, the trains' total cost might exceed $105 billion, and the track length would expand to 500 miles if services were extended to the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. About $40 billion was spent initially. Building such a system is not simple, according to Brian KELLY, CEO of the California High speed rail authority. Although it's a struggle, it's worthwhile. four years ago Early management mistakes put public support at jeopardy. The state hired KELLY, an experienced transportation executive, to get things back on track. Priorities included overcoming legal barriers and obtaining all the land necessary to build even the first reasonably flat phase electric trains will someday travel at speeds of more than 200 mph on the 119 miles of track of concrete viaduct and other currently built structures. Soon, work will begin on the last 52 miles. have already been given money. Importantly, KELLY and his group have also acquired more than 90% of the land required to continue developing the project is alive and well and creating employment opportunities for thousands of workers who are engaged in the most innovative and transformative projects our nation has seen in almost 75 years. Said Karen filbrick, executive director of the San Jose State University. Manetta transportation institute the legislative support to advance an electrified HS R segment between Mercedes and Bakersfield is incredibly meaningful. Critics see a disaster where Phil brick perceives potential, according to Oakland based attorney stew Flashman, who filed a lawsuit to stop funding for the trains first phase because it was unconstitutional. This is a huge waste of money. My clients don't feel it's ever going to result in a viable high speed rail line, said Flashman, whereas filbrick said it's the most transformative project our nation has seen in almost 75 years late last year, the California Court of appeals decided against Flashman allowing construction to proceed this triumph and recent financial developments have given the train some temporary stability. It represents a significant change from a few years ago when former President Donald Trump vowed to recoup two and half billion. That the Obama administration had distributed by withholding $929 million in federal funding that had been granted years earlier. President Joe Biden. A longtime train commuter, reinstated those findings in 20 twentyone and supports additional bullet train projects for the employment they will create and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. The California Project gets around $1 billion yearly from the state's cap and trade program, a de facto carbon tax on significant emitters of greenhouse gases. It forecasts that it will take less than three hours to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles even if the infrastructure funding for build back better was never passed. California has access to a pool of additional fresh federal funds for future requirements. We identified out of the infrastructure bill, six different programs that we can compete in for different project elements. KELLY said those six different pots total about $70 billion over the next five years. The first train orders may be filled as early as next year Siemens, which has a passenger train manufacturing facility in Sacramento and also which constructs passenger trains at facilities on the east coast both have Amtrak contracts and will probably compete for California's business. There's several other train manufacturers from around Asia and the world building high speed trains. KELLY said there's no shortage of suppliers, auto obsessed high speed railway is a system commonly accessible throughout Europe. China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, which invented the technology 60 years ago, still America remains a global laggard in this area, the fastest line in the United States is Amtrak's a seller. Connecting New York and Washington with a max speed of 150 mph while some trains travel up to 220 mph, Amtrak is replacing its current ascella trains with new Alston trains that will increase the northeast corridors profitable maximum speed to 160 mph future upgrades to the track ought to raise that even higher California is not the only state with vast aspirations. With top speeds of a hundred and twenty-five miles per hour, Florida based brightline, the only private passenger railway in the United States will extend its Miami to West Palm Beach Service to Orlando in 2019, the postponed bright line west. A train from Las Vegas to suburban Los Angeles that could take people at 200 mph when service starts late. This decade is also expected to receive new revenue proposals and an updated timetable from the firm managed by where's Edens, a CO owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and co-founder of Fortress Investment, the Texas central railway, a different private venture, anticipates starting work shortly on a 240 Mile High speed line connecting Dallas and Houston. A Pacific Northwest route that would transport people through fast trains from Portland Oregon to Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia has also started to be planned, but the Golden State confronts the. With all the programs getting the billions of money needed to make them a reality. Critics of the California project have long contended that constructing a system along interstate 5. The tortuous backbone roadway that links Los Angeles to the Bay Area would have been quicker and less expensive. Jerry Dyer, the mayor of Fresno, is uncomfortable with the notion since it would exclude the communities in the Central Valley. Those are the types of comments that LED to the creation of I 5, many years ago that caused Fresno and the Central Valley to be left out of the California economy. He said this is an opportunity for Fresno and the Central Valley to be recognized as a part of California. Anyone who thinks that they can bypass Fresno and the Central Valley again doesn't have a heart for people. Although high speed connectivity isn't feasible until the late 2030 S, Mercedes, the northern terminus of the initial. Will link to an existing regional commuter rail connecting to Sacramento and the Bay Area. The California high speed rail authority predicts that 50 million passengers will utilize the service yearly covering transportation to San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles, bringing in around $3.4 billion in fair income Fresno's downtown streets are congested due to development, which will cause its almost 530000 people problems for at least another year. While the Central Valley area is best known as the hub of the state's massive agriculture economy, Fresno population is growing as a result of the covid epidemic as Californians who can work remotely are drawn to the city's reasonably reasonable housing and expense of living according to dire high speed rail will make it much more alluring. Especially if the line connects to San Francisco and Los Angeles. This has stimulated a lot of interest in terms of venture capitalists and. Who have expressed an interest to come in and develop in Fresno, he said. But it's important on our end that we not allow people to come in and buy buildings and land bank to wait for the development to occur but to develop now in anticipation of high speed rail aside from ballooning expenses and financial issues, enormous engineering challenges also loom bees involve digging tunnels through the Pacheco pass north and the San Gabriel and to hatcha p mountain ranges south Additionally. The system must be constructed to withstand the state's notorious earthquakes California is utilizing international experience in such fields such as engineers from Japan who have overcome comparable geographic difficulties, California's design requirements will be examined and commented on by a technical advisory team of international professionals according to KELLY. The upcoming section will probably be constructed to link Marseille and San Jose how and when we do the next segments beyond the Central Valley will come down to where funding is. He said our job is to get it ready to go and then when funding is there. We will be ready to move. It looks like the Bay Area would be first now, but we'll have to see how it all shakes out. So guys, that's pretty much it. When do you think this bullet train will be operable?

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