Transportation

California Hits the Brakes on High-Speed Rail Fiasco

Voters bought a plan sold on optimism and lies, and politicians are finally demanding accountability.

Hasta la vista, baby.

Photographer: Shuji Kajiyama/AFP/Getty Images

California's high-speed rail project increasingly looks like an expensive social science experiment to test just how long interest groups can keep money flowing to a doomed endeavor before elected officials finally decide to cancel it. What combination of sweet-sounding scenarios, streamlined mockups, ever-changing and mind-numbing technical detail, and audacious spin will keep the dream alive?

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