Pacific Union has withheld their “Right of Way” over key segments of the LA/SF corridor that the Bullet Train would traverse. They claim safety issues as the reason.
From the LA Times last week:
Officials at Union Pacific railroad recently told the California High Speed Rail Authority that they have safety and operational concerns about running a bullet train close to lumbering freight trains.
“Just look at what happened in L.A. a few years ago,” said Scott Moore, a Union Pacific vice president, citing the 2005 crash of a Metrolink passenger train that killed 11 and hampered rail operations.
“Those accidents happen.”
This is kind of a big roadblock from what I’ve gathered. And if you’re motivated, for or against, drop them a line here.
Here is a sample trip:
- SF to LA
- Distance: 432 Miles
- CO2/Saved per trip: 324 lbs
- Travel Time: 2hrs, 38 mins.
- Estimated Cost: Train $55, Car $86, Air $120