Construction is expected to begin later this year in the middle of California's Central Valley near Merced, a town of 80,000 people known for having one of the highest home foreclosure rates in America.I have heard that Merced is lovely this time of year, though:
|Welcome to Merced. Mind the gap.|
Actually, the high speed rail line is a real innovation, as the article points out:
Ambitious plans for a fast track linking Los Angeles and San Francisco at speeds of up to 220mph in just over two-and-a-half hours were slimly approved by 53 per cent in a statewide ballot in 2008.I'll admit -- 220mph is pretty darned fast, and it would be nice to get from L.A. to San Francisco in 2 1/2 hours. That would be nifty. You might ask, what is the flight time between the two cities? It varies, but generally it's about an hour. Just throwing that in there, too.
Oh, and the cost of this high speed rail line? Oh, about $68 billion. But it will be worth it to see Merced.