February 22, 2011 11:20 AM

Commentary: Death knell for high-speed rail in California?

Grab a shovel and get ready to place the flowers. California's first attempt to build a high-speed train system is nearing death on arrival. When the bold idea expires, the autopsy will show that high-speed rail was done in by poor ridership research, unrealistic cost projections, artificial deadlines and political agendas. But anything worth doing is worth doing right. And there's little evidence that getting it right is the goal of the state High Speed Rail Authority or federal transportation officials.

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