California’s population expected to grow from 38 million to 60 million by 2050.
equivalent capacity to Phase 1 Blended:
- 4,300 new highway lane miles
- 115 additional airport gates
- 4 new airport runways
estimated $158 billion for road and airport extensions
Caltrans estimates $132.8 billion operating and maintanance costs over 50 years for the additional highway infrastructure.
from a presentation in my CA HSR class yesterday.
California high speed rail is estimated to cost $68 billion.
Phase 1 Blended: San Francisco to LA, with electrified Caltrain and MetroLink rail. by year 2029.
San Diego doesn’t get connected until Phase 2, a few years later.
An artist’s rendering of a high-speed train traveling along the California coast. California will need to build its high-speed train line in record time if it doesn’t want to risk losing federal funds — it will have to be the fastest piece of transportation construction in U.S. history, experts said.
related news: Jeffrey Morales to head Calif. high-speed rail. sfgate, 30.05.12.