Newly elected Republican governors in several states said they didn't want federal transportation dollars designated for high speed rail projects. They wanted to use the money for bridges and road repairs.
No way, said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Today he gave 624 million of that money to California. California, of course, has approved a bond measure to raise 10 billion of the estimated 40 billion needed to build a 200 mille an hour train from the Bay area to San Diego. Other states don't want to come up with the local money needed for such projects.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said, "No other state is as ready, as able, or as determined to develop a high-speed rail system in the near future.”