For the hundreds of million$ that are being spent on Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train even though not an inch of track has been laid, at least we’re beginning to see their fantasies come to life in the form of some expensive video simulations.
Here’s a intriguing presentation we found that explains how the Browndoggle will run south from Palmdale:
The video is really well done, but lacks something very important to the saps in Anaheim, the OCBC and the OCTA Board who think high-speed rail is coming to Anaheim’s new $200+ million train station — a ROUTE.
The simulated route STOPS at LA’s Union Station.
Oops. Master of the Universe Curt Pringle and OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn will still tell you it’s coming, but we’d ask where THEIR video is? Dunn was appointed to the State Transportation Committee by Brown in 2012, but we doubt she’s got any influence in Sacramento to get their train back. Pringle was Chairman of the Rail Board until 2011, but left after a scandal. An Appellate Court ruling expected within 90 days could easily shut down the Bullet Train altogether.
ARTIC was funded primarily with OCTA’s Measure M — the city of Anaheim put little or no money toward it. Measure M is a half-cent county sales tax, so every Orange County consumer has paid for the Glass Barn. Without HSR, Anaheim is only the third busiest train station in the OC (after Fullerton and Irvine). Its old station at Angels Stadium was perfectly adequate to service some, but not all, Metrolink routes and some infrequent Amtrak trains.
As we’ve been predicting, this video is pretty good evidence that the California High-Speed Rail Authority continues to pare down their ambitions (even tho the cost of the mess keeps going up). CAHSR connections to San Diego and Sacramento evaporated long ago. But an OC Register story in 2012 had the Bullet Train coming to Anaheim — Councilwoman Kris Murray and Big Lucy testified to it. And a “letter from Lucy Dunn at the Orange County Business Council seemed to make a strong impact with the Rail Authority board, which voted unanimously to put Anaheim back in the plan, Murray said.”