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High-speed rail could never be a match. Even if you put aside the endemic cost overruns, the inevitable construction delays, and the considerable maintainable costs, it can only carry passengers, not freight.
While progressives swoon over high-speed rail as the shiny future, some other genuinely futuristic technology is likely to emerge. If the age of selfdriving cars ever arrives, people will be able to experience a car more like a personal train, except unlimited by rails.
California hasn’t created a railroad to the future but a warning to the rest of the country to avoid its delusion and folly.
Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.