California advances with the world’s slowest bullet train

Amidst the sprawling farmland of California’s Central Valley, far from the hustle and bustle of the coastline cities, lies a surprise. Here, one would encounter one of America’s most ambitious infrastructure projects in recent years: a bullet-train line planned to link Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The sight of this high-speed railway, which has been slowly making progress for three decades, is even more astonishing. The project was approved by California voters in 2008 with nearly $10 billion in bonds, with an estimated total cost of $33 billion and a completion date of 2020. However, today the outlook is much different. The project now anticipates spending up to $35 billion and an additional decade just to finish the middle section of the railway, which spans 171 miles from Bakersfield to Merced – the easiest terrain for construction. Despite these challenges and delays, the construction of the bullet train line continues to push forward in California’s agricultural heartland.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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