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Poll: Only 31% of Californians Want to Keep Paying for High-Speed Rail Project

Poll: Only 31% of Californians Want to Keep Paying for High-Speed Rail Project

A new poll suggests that only 31% of registered voters in California want to keep paying for the California High-Speed Rail project, the “bullet train” that Gov.

The USC Dornsife / Los Angeles Times poll asked 835 respondents whether they supported or opposed the project, and found Californians were evenly divided — until they were told about the cost, at which point support crashed, according to the Times:

As with many issues, the project’s strongest proponents are residents of the liberal San Francisco Bay area.

Brown has dismissed criticisms of high-speed rail as “bullshit,” but the fact is that the project, which was supposed to take passengers from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay area in less than three hours, cannot guarantee that travel time and will require heavy subsidies to remain competitive with air fares or driving costs.

The new administration’s stimulus project emphasized high-speed rail projects — and sought to punish states that did not want to build them.

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