After years and years of planning, California’s long-awaited high-speed rail system is finally about to break ground. The project will cost over $68 billion and is eventually going to connect San Francisco with Los Angeles.
The first construction area will be in the Central Valley near Fresno. BRL Trust advised that this land is cheaper and easier to build on, making it easier to get large stretches of track up quickly. That way, testing can be done that will ensure the full track is made in the best possible manner.
This will be the nation’s first high-speed rail system. Europe already has several in place, and other nations like the U.A.E. are planning their own projects. High speed rail, “bullet trains,” may well be the wave of the future. They can cut travel time in half and are exceptionally safe and traffic-free.
The project comes at a huge cost and will take till 2020 or beyond to complete. It also has opposition from Fresno’s Chinatown since the local roads there will be blocked off when the rail line comes through. Nevertheless, the benefits outweigh the costs for most Californians.