Will ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden bail out California’s troubled bullet train? Don’t bet on it

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A 2015 drawing of a proposed bullet train from L.A. to San Francisco. (California High-Speed Rail Authority/EPA)

A 2015 drawing of a proposed bullet train from L.A. to San Francisco. (California High-Speed Rail Authority/EPA)

President-elect Joe Biden is a self-professed train fanatic who estimates that he has ridden more than 2 million miles on 16,000 trains. This fall, he rode the rails to campaign across Ohio and Pennsylvania, part of the “Build Back Better” train tour.

For months, some supporters of California’s troubled high-speed rail project have pined for a Biden presidency, hoping his administration would throw its support behind the planned system between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with trains running at 220 mph.

But while state officials anticipate more peaceful dealings with the new administration, nobody expects an imminent bailout. Some doubt that the president-elect will make investment in high-speed rail a priority.

“Biden is a fan of the typical Amtrak route, which is akin to our Metrolink or the Amtrak service in the Central Valley,” said Ara Najarian, a board member of Metro and Metrolink. “High-speed rail is a question mark. I don’t know he would go that far.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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