- California’s plan is to build an electric train that will connect Los Angeles with the Central Valley and then San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes.
- But 15 years later, there is not a single mile of track laid, and executives involved say there isn’t enough money to finish the project.
- Estimates suggest it will cost between $88 billion and $128 billion to complete the entire system from LA to San Francisco.
Started in 2008, they hope to have the first 119 miles – which runs essentially from nowhere to nowhere in the San Joaquin Valley – in operation by 2033.
Infrastructure projects are hard, take a long time and cost a lot. This is why proposals to switch to all electric everything in about a decade seem problematic. Building the necessary infrastructure may take more time than we hope.