Now That’s Progress

After $4,300,000,000 in Federal funds are received, plans will soon be laid for the first length of track in California’s high-speed rail to be built in the Central Valley, thanks to Bay Area NIMBYs. Bay Area or Los Angeles area commuters apparently need relief to their traffic woes less than do people who need to get from the worst neighborhood in Fresno to the only bad neighborhood in Merced. These lucky seven Californians will, eventually, be able to accomplish this trip in twenty-one minutes or less (not counting time to load, unload, make safety stops, and to allow time for train attendants to don and doff their uniforms and take mandatory rest and meal breaks), all for the same price (after subsidies) as an airplane flight from Los Angeles to Houston. That is, when the tracks are eventually laid, which at the rate the California High Speed Rail Authority is proceeding with execution of this voter-mandated construction plan, I would expect to happen some time in September of 2023.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. There will be a 5 minute stop each in Chowchilla and Madera, and since it is foggy a lot of the time along the Hwy 99 corridor, train speed wil be limited to 25 miles per hour. So it shouldn't take more than 2 hours to get from one send to the other…

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