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Brown Rides China's Rail While Report Blasts Bullet Train

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(FOX 11) As Governor Brown rides China's high-speed rail from Beijing to Shanghai today, a new report by the Reason Foundation blasts California's bullet train project.

Although the governor has made the increasingly unpopular bullet train a priority of his administration, a new report backs up the findings of our investigative producer Heidi Cuda, who has reported for months that global rail experts say the new "blended plan" isn't high-speed rail.

Authors Joe Vranich and Wendell Cox, who've been featured multiple times in Cuda's reports, detailed why the proposed bullet train will not be able to make the two hours and forty minute time that was promised from L.A. to San Francisco when voters approved Prop 1-A in 2008.

They said in their new "due diligence" report that the shortest non-stop trip will take about four hours, and that time will result in reduced ridership that may end up costing taxpayers up to $373 million dollar annually in subsidies.

A spokesman for the Rail Authority says neither Cox nor Vranich contacted the Authority, and he noted that a new report by the U.S. Accountability Office found ridership and revenue estimates reasonable.

In other high-speed rail news, China's former railways minister, Liu Zhijun, was charged with corruption and abuse of power this week. Liu faces either a lengthy jail sentence and possibly death.

 

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