A majority of those questioned in a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll — 59 percent — say they would now vote against the bond measure voters approved in 2008 to help fund a high-speed rail project that would produce a bullet train between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. What's more, 69 percent said they would never use, or hardly ever use, the service.
The project's costs have burgeoned since 2008, but state lawmakers are under pressure to decide whether to commit funding this summer for the first 130 miles of the track. Gov. Jerry Brown has stood by the project, as has the Obama administration.
California High-Speed Rail Authority officials released a revised plan in April that chopped off almost $30 billion from the effort’s cost by using some existing tracks, bringing the project’s estimated cost to $68.4 billion. But that was still $25 billion more than original estimates.