Count me among the believers that the most sensible high speed rail route in California is between Los Angeles and San Diego. The two cities are 120 miles from each other — too close to fly and painfully slow to drive during most daytime hours. Amtrak takes almost three hours to get there.
But a high speed rail route could chop that distance to 45 minutes — a huge value-add to connect the cities, which would do wonders economically and for quality of life. The line would pay for itself in fare revenue.
So of course it will likely be the last section of high speed rail to be built in California. And some people in San Diego are not happy about it, according to the San Diego Union Tribune:
The California High Speed Rail Authority doesn’t plan to break ground on the San Diego-to-Los Angeles link until after it completes the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles section in 2029. That’s too bad. But I hope in the meantime the state will consider either a concurrent start in San Diego or upgrades to the Amtrak line to get it running to 110 miles per hour. It would be a great demonstration of a successful high speed rail line in California and provide immediate benefits for the millions of people in that corridor.