In a move to combat climate conditions, California revealed a bullet train on January 6th, with a cost of $68 million.
The bullet train is a railway of super-speed, providing transit for Californians between San Francisco and Los Angeles in three hours. The first bullet train project to be undertaken in the United States has received backlash from Republicans calling for less spending, as well as farmers in Central Valley, California who have taken legal action to keep train tracks away from their land. Even those who remain neutral on the topic may express concern over the state's ability to fulfill their plans for the sophisticated high-speed means of transit.
The governor of California, Jerry Brown sees the project as a move towards the goal of making half of California's energy renewable by 2030. Being the most populated state in the country California's development of a lean, green mode of transportation might be what the nation needs to get on board to combat climate change and its consequences.
Believing that the state can not afford to not undergo the project, Brown claims that the train project is not too expensive for California. The hope is that people will be attracted to the ease and comfort of traveling by train, as well as the thousands of jobs the project will create.
The trains will zoom through Central Valley to connect those living in the north of the state with those in the south. The top speed for the trains is 200 miles per hour, and tickets will cost in the range of flights in that area, between $81 and $89 one-way.