For several days, Trump has set his sights on the high-speed rail project in California.
This high-speed rail program, which began in 2008, was also proposed by Schwarzenegger, who was planning to build a 800-mile (1287-kilometer) high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco, shortening the commute time between the two places to two. Within half an hour.
Despite the 11 years of practice, the California high-speed rail has not been built. Last week, the newly appointed California governor, Gavin Newsom, announced that it would reduce its $77 billion high-speed rail program and eventually complete only a fraction of the program—120 miles (193 kilometers).
On February 19th, local time, Trump expressed his dissatisfaction on Twitter. He said:
California's failed high-speed rail project, its cost overrun is setting a world record, a hundred times more expensive than the wall that is urgently needed!
This is not the first time Trump has criticized the California high-speed rail. On Valentine's Day, he even bluntly asked California to pay $3.5 billion to the federal government. In response, Newson responded: Is this the money that is desperately searching for the wall?
Why is California high-speed rail difficult to produce?
So far, the United States has not yet built a high-speed rail.
By contrast, as of the end of 2018, China's high-speed rail operating mileage has exceeded 29,000 kilometers, accounting for more than two-thirds of the world's high-speed rail operating mileage, more than the sum of other countries.
Trump once said: Look at China (the infrastructure), we are like the third world.
However, when California planned to repair the high-speed rail, it was still full of ambition.
In 2008, the people of California voted to issue about $10 billion in bonds to build the first 800-mile high-speed rail project in the United States. The initial cost is estimated at $35 billion and is expected to be completed by 2020.
However, what I never expected was that, after rising costs and various controversies, 11 years later, this high-speed rail project is still in the foreseeable future.
China often said that the new official took up three fires, and this sentence is quite appropriate in the United States.
The California Governor, Newson, who just took office in January, announced his intention to abandon the construction of a high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco in his first state address speech. Newson said:
Let us be realistic. Now this project, if it is planned, costs too much and takes too long. At the same time, the project supervision is too small and the transparency is not enough.
It is reported that if the original estimated cost of the project has reached 77 billion US dollars, it has nearly doubled.
Now, it's likely to cost $10.6 billion only on a 119-mile stretch of California's Central Canyon. Roy Hill, head of the consulting firm, said the increase was mainly due to land acquisitions, relocation of public facilities, and the cost of security barriers. Both are higher than expected.
Newson said that although the high-speed rail project originally planned to be invested will not be completed, a small part of the route will be completed. The Central Valley section of California, which will start construction in 2015, will continue as usual. The project is expected to be completed by 2027. .
This news is a big blow to the people of California. The former high-speed rail dream can only be completed about one-eighth. Newson also knows that this fact may be unacceptable for a while.
Know that building the California High Speed Rail is one of the important promises of the former Governor Brown during the campaign. When Brown visited China, he not only took the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail, but also took the high-speed train from Nanjing to Beijing. His expression of envy at the time was still widely spread on the Internet.
Newson said in his speech: I have only respected the ambitions of Governor Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger. Now, there is no road from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
However, those who oppose the construction of high-speed rail are very happy.
California Republican leader and Representative Kevin McCarthy said in a statement: It is time to step out of the broken high-speed rail project and turn our efforts into infrastructure projects for Californians.
Why does Trump want California to pay back?
California high-speed rail, in Trump's view, is simply a stab in the eye. The New York Times pointed out that the California high-speed rail has long been opposed by Trump and other Republicans.
On Valentine's Day, Trump did not forget to send a tweet to vent his dissatisfaction:
After spending and wasting billions of dollars, California was forced to cancel a large-scale bullet train project. They owe the federal government $3.5 billion. We are going to bring the money back now. The whole project is a green disaster!
Trump means to make California pay back $3.5 billion.
For Trump's account, Newson immediately sent a tweet, saying:
This is fake news. We are building a high-speed railway connecting the Central Valley and other areas.
This is California money, which is allocated to the project by Congress. We won't go back.
The train is about to open - you better get on the bus!
In the end, Newson also specifically asked, is this the money that is desperately searching for the wall?
Which pot is the pot that should not be mentioned. Trump was being squandered because of his obsession with the US-Indian border wall. It was hard to come up with a way to declare the country into a state of emergency to raise funds, but it was jointly prosecuted by 16 states.
In fact, Trump wants only a few billion dollars. In contrast, California has much more money to repair high-speed rail. Trump himself said that the money to repair the iron flower is a hundred times more expensive than the wall that is urgently needed!
On February 19, local time, the Trump administration announced that it would cancel more than $929 million in federal grants for the California high-speed rail project.
In addition, the US Department of Transportation also stated that it is actively exploring all legal ways to recover the $2.5 billion in federal funding that the Federal Railroad Administration has provided to the project.
According to the New York Times, a spokesperson for the US Department of Transportation said the reason for the cancellation of the grant was in Federal Railways Director Ronald L. There is a clear explanation in a letter from Batory, which reads:
Federal funds were withdrawn because the California High Speed Rail Authority failed to make reasonable progress on the project.
In response, Newson told CNN in a statement:
It's no coincidence that the state led the 16 states in California to challenge the president's funny national emergency 24 hours after the government issued a threat.
This is California money and we will fight for it.
It is foreseeable that this contest will continue and will be targeted by Trump, not so good.