We caught a news program last evening on cable news (CNN?) on the progress, or more accurately, the lack thereof, of the high speed train project on a national basis.
Bottom line: In California a billion dollars has been spent, but not a single spadeful of dirt has been moved. Res ipsa loquitur. We’d love to see the results of a competent audit.
Up in Washington State $800,000,000 (that’s eight hundred million, in case you lost count of the zeros) has been actually spent on a “high speed rail” but all it produced so far is a reduction of 10 minutes in the railroad trip from Seattle to Portland, using the existing railroad. Local officials did not appear very eager to charge on with any “bullet trains.”