High-Speed Train in California: a Formidable Opportunity to Improve Transportation.

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The November 4th, 2008, a new era began in America. People elected a black President. But there were an other event this day, which was also really important for change in the State of California. Fifty-two percents of Californian voted in favor of the High Speed Train building in their State (Ortiz). “Story will remember this day, when Californians asked for a new transportation system for the California circulation’s needs of the twentieth century “ said Quentin Kopp, the responsible in charge of the project (Europe1). That is more than needs. As every huge project, the construction of a high-speed train in California will have a lot of positive effect and bad effect, even if in the actual situation, its built is primordial. Indeed, each day there is kilometers of traffic jam. That encouraged the California’s authority to find a solution to relieve the traffic. But on the other hand, the costs, in a period of economic crisis, and the route the train will take can be source of rejection. Highways are full of traffic jam, and airports are getting more and more frequented. Build a substitute of this transportation in California is urgent. At first, the first line built will be Los Angeles-San Francisco. This will generate construction cost of approximately 30 billion dollars. San Francisco is located 432 miles away from Los Angeles, and the trip will take two hours and thirty-eight minutes (State of California). And in the second time, the line will be extended in the North to Sacramento, and in the South to San Diego. Around thirty stations will be built; two of them will be in Los Angeles and San Francisco’s airports. The total cost, including the extended line, will extend forty-five billion of Dollars: ten billion from the State of California, and thirty-five billion from a private and public partnership (State of California). These construction cost include…...

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