Friday, June 11, 2021
Feds Restore $929 Million in Funds for California’s Billion-Dollar Bullet Train Boondoggle – Reason.com
California's wasteful high-speed rail project is getting a predictable boost under train-loving President Joe Biden. On Thursday, the Biden administration announced it was restoring $929 million in grants that had been revoked by the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Donald Trump.
Trump used the terrible state of the rail project—years behind schedule, billions over budget, and without a realistic plan for actually connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco—as a reason to shut the funding down. His feud with California political leadership certainly played a role in the decision, but the reality is that the entire train project has been an expensive disaster that has lined a bunch of contractors' and consultants' pockets.
California sued the Trump administration to try to get the money back. Yesterday's announcement is the result of a settlement agreement between California and the Biden administration to restore the grant.
This is bad news for taxpayers, but hardly unpredictable. The Biden administration is looking to spend trillions on infrastructure projects that include high-speed rail. Biden imagines citizens traversing the country on these expensive trains, even though they can already travel more efficiently on airplanes.
Someone should write a book about all the money that has been wasted on and by railroads. All the land that the Feds originally subsidized railroads with, all the ensuing corruption, all the dead Native Americans, the dead bison, towns located where honestly no towns should be, all the ridiculous light rail projects, and now this iniquitous 1960s Sci-Fi high-speed rail to nowhere. America would be a very different country without all of this, but still recognizable I suppose. Abraham Lincoln was a railroad lawyer and a good one I hear. Another reason to suspect Lincoln.