So California wants to build a RailRoad for high speed trains. They are going to have to level land, bulldoze communities, hundreds of family farms that provide food to Californians and the rest of the country and they are doing it up the 99 or central valley instead of the I-5 corridor. According to some not so recent stats the cost per foot of rail in Montana in 1995 is at $66 dollars a foot. Remember the year and location. Discount the leveling of land, building losses, family and commercial farm losses and the economic suffering.
Now let us talk Monorail (elevated slightly). The initial costs of the monorail are more than actual railroad costs, but the benefits are a Maglev system capable of around 300 mph. The Maglev system would mean trains elevated running north and south across California and going between Los Angeles Downtown and San Francisco Downtown (respectively 382 miles point to point) within about 90 minutes or less. This means that someone living in Los Angeles can for extended drive time to downtown from Simi Valley with heavy traffic work in San Francisco and return home by mid evening from work. The costs of rail up the 99 plus the numerous stops across the San Joaquin Valley may actually seem cheaper at the onset, but it is a much worse system that requires a lot more destruction and displacement to get started. Also there is a higher chance of derailment on rail as opposed to monorail maglev systems. So what exactly is a maglev and how does it work?
Now let us look at standard high speed rail. You know, the types that California wants for you at a high rate. Enjoy!
And there you have it. Can’t state government do anything right?