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New suit claims high-speed-rail officials 'misled' public

Original post made on Mar 22, 2013

Just weeks after California's high-speed rail project withstood a court challenge from a group of Peninsula cities, the agency is facing another suit from project critics, who argue that the agency building the train system has misled the voters and is acting in violation of state law.

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Posted by Cuesta Resident
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Sounds reasonable to me. If the final result does not get from SF to LA in 2 hours 40 minutes, who is responsible and what happens to them?

If voters were lied to - and the travel time and costs are not what we were told - then the project should be stopped until at least the legislature votes based on new time and cost numbers.

And for those who say time and cost are estimates
1) Make sure the estimates are worst-case, so the final project meets them (they did on the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam!)

2) Make the people approving the projects have some real skin in the game and big incentives (both penalties and rewards) to meet those estimates.

As it is now, a politician can vote for it today, realizing s/he will NEVER be held accountable. Perhaps a promise to pay back 100% of their govt.-paid salary/benefits earned after their vote, and decline all health and pension benefits forever, if the project does not meet estimates?

That might insure more realistic estimates were done in the first place, and stop the bait and switch from politicians.