Gov. Newsom Kicks SF High-Speed Rail Down the Track

Gov. Newsom Kicks SF High-Speed Rail Down the Track

Newsom said he wants the state to move ahead a high-speed line between Merced and Bakersfield. The Central Valley segment was expected to cost $10.6 billion, according to the latest business plan.

"California's consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data", Newsom said.

President Donald Trump demanded that California pay back the federal government for its abandoned high-speed rail project, in a tweet Wednesday evening. "Let's be real, the current project as planned would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long".

The cost of building the train, at last estimate, was put at $77 billion and wouldn't be completed until 2033, the Associated Press reported.

Newsom will replace Brown's appointment to the state board that manages the project.

California's high-speed choo-choo train drifted further into bizarro world Tuesday when the project's lead government body announced a $2.8 billion jump in costs for the first 119-mile section of the planned 800-mile route.

The Governor's office later clarified that Newsom was still fully committed to building a high-speed rail connection between San Francisco and Los Angeles, despite there not now being a path to do so.

The governor also said he will name his economic development director, Lenny Mendonca, to chair the High-Speed Rail Authority, and vowed new transparency and to hold contractors and consultants accountable to explain how tax dollars are spent.

Of course, Newsom and the bullet train's supporters justify spending billions more on the Central Valley line as a way of reviving the terribly challenged, impoverished economy of that region.

The project was long opposed by Republicans in the statehouse and in Congress, who tried to choke off federal funding.

"Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield, and communities in between are more dynamic than many realize".

Newsom's administration recently sued Huntington Beach for failing to reach housing goals and says he'll meet with other city leaders next week.

"I know the valley".

Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for Newsom, said in a statement that the governor is "open to constructive input on this issue and has directed his team to work with the experts in this area nationally and legislators to recommend a proposal".

In his first State of the State speech Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wasted no time in criticizing what he called President Trump's "fear-mongering" over the "so-called "border emergency" as a "manufactured crisis" and "political theater".

"Last week, we heard (Trump) stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values", he said. "He described a country where inequality didn't seem to be a problem, where climate change didn't exist, and where the greatest threat we face comes from families seeking asylum at the border".

Newsom actually turned against the bullet train project years ago but then went quiet about it when he began his plans to run for governor. They will work with his administration to develop what he called a comprehensive strategy.

The Internet Association, which worked to water down the language of the consumer privacy law, said it looks forward to reviewing Newsom's plan.