California’s high-speed starter line: State votes to fund massive rail project
- $4.6 billion the amount California’s state senate approved to go to a high-speed rail program in the state, a major victory for Gov. Jerry Brown
- $3.3 billion the amount the government will add to that; if the legislature voted against funding the rail, this money would have gone to other states source
» A contentious vote: Yesterday, it wasn’t entirely clear if the votes existed to push the bill through the California Senate, but it made it through on a 21-16 vote. Why was it so contentious? Two reasons: First, some of the money was going towards some of California’s other passenger rail systems — BART and Caltrain — despite having no clear connection to the high-speed rail system. And second, and more importantly, the rail system was inexplicably starting in the central part of the state, a 130-mile stretch between Bakersfield and Madera, which gave critics fodder to attack the system as a ”train to nowhere.” But it’s close to official — that train to nowhere’s getting built.