In this report we can see what the Trump administration is really about. The high speed rail project in California was thought by many, including me, to be one of the most important new infrastructure projects in the country. A successful high speed train in California would soon extend from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, in the process transforming the economies and culture of the American West Coast. Among other things it would have an enormous impact on reducing the consumption of petroleum. The Trump administration has now done what it could stop this project from going forward.
The orange-Republican administration has said all kinds of things that it will do to make the United States “great again.” Anyone with half of a brain cell knows that this administration has very little interest in actually coming through on any of his campaign promises. It’s almost like he is pathologically compelled to do the opposite. For example, rebuilding our infrastructure.
In the first big hit to the Bay Area from the Trump administration, newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric — and in the process pretty much killed hopes for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon.
“It puts the (electrification) project in serious jeopardy,” Caltrain spokesman Seamus Murphy said Friday.
The hope in California was to begin creating jobs through much needed infrastructure work and upgrades. Our country’s infrastructure, as many already know, is not only …