Nobody should be surprised by this, but the Imperial government is going to audit the progress of Californey’s high-speed train to nowhere, and things aren’t looking good. Excerpt:
Gee, I wonder what federal auditors will find — besides a phantom train set and a lot of wasted money? With a new study out showing that California doesn’t have the funding to complete even the first phase of their high-speed rail project, the Inspector General for the Department of Transportation will open the books to see how federal monies have been spent:
California’s high-speed rail project is facing an audit from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s as costs continue to climb.
The inspector general’s audit, announced Thursday, will examine the Federal Railroad Administration’s oversight of nearly $3.5 billion in federal grant money awarded to the project.
That’s bad news for a project that has already had plenty of bad news over the last several years. The IG will apparently focus mainly on how the FRA has performed in reporting on California’s progress rather than the performance of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. At issue will be whether the FRA has enforced project performance requirements, but that will still point out the lack of progress California has made despite all of the cash it received:
The federal money awarded to California comes with specific conditions that Kelly has promised to meet. They include completing a 119-mile (192-kilometer) segment of track now under construction in the Central Valley and finishing environmental reviews for the full line by 2022.
The audit will specifically evaluate how the Federal Railroad Administration determines whether California has complied with federal guidelines.
Let us all hazard a guess, shall we? The state of this project’s finances will, very likely, be grounds for multiple prosecutions, if not a full-blown RICO investigation. This is a cluster-fuck of, well, Californian proportions.
And the bad thing is this: It was doomed to failure from the start. A high-speed rail network will work in a country like Japan, where 200 million people live in a land the size of California. Trains are even useful in the densely populated northeaster USA. But in the wide-open Western states, where there are miles and miles of miles and miles?
This entire project wasn’t thought up and pushed through for any practical reason. It was state-wide virtue signalling, nothing but, in a heavy-handed attempt by government to wean people off their cars (which allow a pesky amount of independence and freedom of movement) and shove them into rail travel.
Doomed to failure, True Believers. I’m sure you didn’t hear it here first, but it’s nonetheless true.