The bullet train is a futuristic vision that will allow passengers to be whisked from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a mere 2 hours and 40 minutes at the speed of 220 mph. This ambition was enough to convince citizens to to approve a 2008 referendum authorizing a $10 billion bond package to help finance the train's construction by 2029.
Work began on the project in January 2015, but it has been plagued with multiple issues since day one. Construction on the first $1 billion, 29-mile, Central Valley stretch of the 520-mile track began two years later than anticipated and costs had drastically increased from the original projection of $29 billion to $68 billion.
Republicans are looking to derail the project, which proponents believe will help to create more jobs and drag American mass transit into the 21st century. However one of he serious roadblocks is land:
First, there's the question of land. The railway won't travel along California's heavily developed coast, but instead will cut a weaving pathway inland to the east, through the Central Valley. So far, California officials have acquired only 101 of the needed 526 parcels of territory needed to construct the first 29-mile, Central Valley section of the railroad.