It’s okay guys. It’s just money. And we can always print more.
The Biden administration announced $3 billion in funding Tuesday for the Brightline West rail project, covering a quarter of the cost for a high-speed rail line planned to run from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
“This historic high-speed rail project will be a game changer for Nevada’s tourism economy and transportation,” Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) said in a statement.
Anyone who really wants to travel from LA to Vegas can easily fly there or drive there.
Advocates hope the project can better connect Las Vegas to California with cheaper transportation, relieve traffic and cut emissions. About 16 million people drive from Las Vegas toward Southern California on Interstate 15 every year through the Mojave Desert.
16 million people. Not to mention the people flying. How many more do they expect to come if there’s a train?
The Brightline West project is planned to run from a new station near the Las Vegas Strip to Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where it would link with Los Angeles’s existing regional rail system. The trip would take just under 3 hours.
Ah, that widely utilized rail system. It takes four hours to drive from LA to Vegas, and a little over an hour to fly there.
We’re spending $3 billion to cut driving time by a fourth and for a train that’s three times slower than flying.
It is scheduled to be constructed by 2027, just in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
President Biden will be in Las Vegas on Friday, where he will likely announce the project.
California’s other grand rail project, the high-speed-rail-to-nowhere, was supposed to link up 800 miles of the state and be done by 2020.
Nothing has been built yet, though the budget has ballooned to infinity, and the completion date has been moved forward to ‘who the hell knows’.
High-speed rail isn’t crazy. In some places and scenarios, e.g. the Northeast, it actually makes sense. Even California’s high-speed rail proposal could have been pulled off if we had today’s technology in 1955. Unfortunately, we’re far too corrupt and inept to actually build any of these things. So it’s just money going into the pockets of politically connected special interests.