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The Water Cooler – California’s Bullet Train


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QUESTION: When the bullet train is completed, will you ride it?


Talk about it….


Original G November 9, 2023 - 12:07 PM - 12:07 PM

Sure, . . . have always wanted to go from nowhere to nowhere further away.

BOB November 9, 2023 - 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

No, because it will never be finished. Maybe giving Paul Pelosi, the train expert, big bucks to work on the project was a waste.

WC November 9, 2023 - 3:09 PM - 3:09 PM

He’s too hammered to complete the work.

Lee November 9, 2023 - 5:25 PM - 5:25 PM


Hanne Jeppesen November 10, 2023 - 12:26 AM - 12:26 AM

An elderly man got hit in the head by a deranged individual and that is funny to some of you? That is really a sick sense of humor.

To Do List November 10, 2023 - 9:35 AM - 9:35 AM

I believe it is a human trait to laugh when certain bad things happen to very bad people, and Paul is to many the face of corruption with wealth of $120 million from such things as insider trading off Nancy’s information. It’s not hidden, it is “in your face” corruption and Nancy has literally laughed in the face of an interviewer when asked about it. As for age, to paraphrase Ann Landers, don’t forgive someone acting like a scumbag when they are old because most likely they were also a scumbag when they were young. On a similar note I thoroughly enjoyed Newsom slipping down the stairs on his taxpayer funded “trip” to China getting exposure for his stealth presidential campaign.

Rollo Tomasi November 10, 2023 - 10:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Dammit, I missed that one completely! I assumed the “hammered” comment was referring to his drunk driving.

Captain Bebops November 9, 2023 - 12:38 PM - 12:38 PM

Maybe if it had been built in the 1980s when other countries and states did. It was affordable to build then. Just another Kaliforny Folly now.

Thing is I took a few business flights to LA and back which were cheap, frequent and easily booked. Even if there was a bullet train, air was faster.

Ms. MOM November 9, 2023 - 12:45 PM - 12:45 PM

We have all been taken for a ride on this stupid train. No. It will be another Bart in no time

Exit 12A November 9, 2023 - 12:46 PM - 12:46 PM

What started as a voter-approved bond of $11 billion has swelled to $113 billion.
Yet again, CA voters were duped by the Democrats. Yes, liberals ARE that gullible and stupid.
No, it wont be connected to Los Angeles by the time I die.
From KTVU on 10/10/23:

” A new review of California’s high-speed rail project said it may never be finished.
A report from the New York Times found that political compromises over the years resulted in difficult routes for the train, adding billions of dollars in costs.
The vision of the project is to shuttle passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.
Construction begun on part of the 171-mile starter line connection a few cities in the middle of the state.
The current estimated cost of the rail system is $113 billion.”

Hayden Barsotti November 9, 2023 - 12:53 PM - 12:53 PM

“Will you ride it”??? WHY?

Dawg November 9, 2023 - 12:56 PM - 12:56 PM

No, it can turn out to be the nicest, cleanest, and fasted train in the world, but it doesn’t go anywhere I want to go, and even if it did, I’d rather drive. If we had a superfast train that went cross-country, I’d think about giving it a shot, but in state, I’d rather drive.

Dorothy November 9, 2023 - 1:13 PM - 1:13 PM

If/when it is ever finished, or even running after that, I am sure I’ll be dead long before then.

BOOYAH! November 9, 2023 - 1:19 PM - 1:19 PM

God I can’t wait to zip down to Bakersfield as fast as humanly possible!

S November 9, 2023 - 1:47 PM - 1:47 PM

Checked the good ol’ Magic 8 Ball for this one:
” Outlook not so good”

Old Timer November 9, 2023 - 2:07 PM - 2:07 PM

Only is Newscum is sitting next to me and I can throw him off the train in the middle of nowhere.If we are lucky he will get a head injury and it knocks some sense into him.

To Do List November 9, 2023 - 2:09 PM - 2:09 PM

Probably once out of curiosity. That train is just a substitute for Southwest Airlines. The train will cost over $100 billion dollars, while Southwest Airlines is worth only $14 billion. What a great example of California Democrat incompetence at your expense.

Dr. Jellyfinger November 9, 2023 - 5:22 PM - 5:22 PM

Lotta Big Biz payoffs for those political contributions.

Old Spartan Pete November 9, 2023 - 2:31 PM - 2:31 PM

Not in my lifetime. (and I’ve got a good thirty years left..).

Ricardoh November 9, 2023 - 2:36 PM - 2:36 PM

Went on the bullet train from London to Paris. Then back to London. Was no big deal. You don’t really get the feel of speed. When the train is near a highway you can tell you are passing cars. As far as getting on California’s train if it is like getting on a airplane forget it.

Steve H November 9, 2023 - 2:45 PM - 2:45 PM

This is the biggest waste of money even seen. Riding it from end to end will likely cost the same as a flight, but will be considerably slower. Will lose money each year, likely not have a lot of riders, and has stops in places not high in population from what I recall. A train from LA to Vegas would make more sense but even that would have the same issues. I don’t think this solves any problems, I don’t get it.

Reasonable November 9, 2023 - 2:58 PM - 2:58 PM

The current top priority is the Merced to Bakersfield segment. How many and who is going to catch this first start up section? This shouldn’t be called the bullet train. Should be called the joke train.

Concord donut November 9, 2023 - 3:08 PM - 3:08 PM

No because itll never be finished. If and when its done ill be an old fart who wont care about riding super fast train to nowhere. Its sad. This couldve been amazing but no California had to mess it up.

Jeff (the other one) November 9, 2023 - 3:17 PM - 3:17 PM

Only as a fantasy, as that is all this thing will ever be. gavvy will term out, so they’ll have to ensure they get into office the next palm greaser to pass our money their way.

Paranoid pablito November 9, 2023 - 3:17 PM - 3:17 PM

By the time it’s finished, we’ll all definitely have inexpensive flying cars so, no.

Captain Bebops November 9, 2023 - 5:48 PM - 5:48 PM

You won’t need one to get around your 15 minute city. Now there’s another loopy idea that shows the inmates have taken over the asylum.

The other Frank November 9, 2023 - 4:40 PM - 4:40 PM

This bullet is a slug!
I will not ride it in my lifetime.

Atticus Thraxx November 9, 2023 - 4:43 PM - 4:43 PM

Don’t we already have bullet trains, and stabbing trains and do whatever you want trains…called BART.

Dr. Jellyfinger November 9, 2023 - 5:18 PM - 5:18 PM

The whole concept was developed by John Madden to offer an alternative to flying… a pointless and impracticable solution when tranquilizers and alcohol are an option.

Atticus Thraxx November 9, 2023 - 6:08 PM - 6:08 PM

I didn’t even understand that and I laughed. 🫡

Abe November 9, 2023 - 6:44 PM - 6:44 PM

I’m confident that the Bullet Train will not be running before I die.

I have a long time left.

Macwiz November 9, 2023 - 7:26 PM - 7:26 PM

It is a great concept and I probably won’t live long enough to ride it. I just wonder how they eventually expect to handle the grapevine. I doubt the train could maintain its high speed climbing that long grade and I don’t see the feasibility in tunneling that far. One wonders why it didn’t go down the coast where there is existing right-of-way and few geographical barriers.

RunDog November 9, 2023 - 7:40 PM - 7:40 PM

No, I likely won’t ride it. It’s not going anywhere I want to go.

Frank November 9, 2023 - 7:47 PM - 7:47 PM

who wants to go to LA?

Martinez Guy November 9, 2023 - 8:12 PM - 8:12 PM

It’s obvious that California politicians have no clue how to build Hi-Speed rail. First of all, they should have consulted with the Japanese or French, and it would probably be up and running by now with white glove service and closer to budget. But no, we can thank “Democrat Leaders” to turn this into a tax dollar runaway train to nowhere. It is a never-ending money pit and will be a tax drain forever for California Taxpayers.
Another good job, Sacramento!!!

ClayDen November 9, 2023 - 8:57 PM - 8:57 PM

Spend a fraction of the money to add a lane in each direction to I-5 and raise the speed limit to 85 or so. Your point to point time would be less than on the train and you have personal transportation when you get there. Problem solved.

domo November 10, 2023 - 7:52 AM - 7:52 AM

Fresno, Bakersfield? nooooo what a huge waste of Billions that cols have gone towards water or power projects..Newscum in his campaign speech said he would even stop the waste …did he? nooooo he capitulated to his cronies , special interests, and companies that donated to his campaigns

S November 10, 2023 - 9:04 AM - 9:04 AM

Some good Country Music came out of Bakersfield….
Maybe make it a theme train?

Cowellian November 10, 2023 - 3:19 PM - 3:19 PM

One of the jokes I can remember from Hee Haw:
(Q) What are the first three words a baby in Oklahoma says?
(A) Mama, Dada, & Bakersfield

DD November 10, 2023 - 12:47 PM - 12:47 PM

Merced to Bakersfield
Both Garden Spots

The Fearless Spectator November 10, 2023 - 3:09 PM - 3:09 PM

The only people traveling to Bakersfield on purpose are those hoping to escape Merced, Modesto, and Fresno. As such the train won’t need much in the way of capacity. Perhaps they should instead build a high speed street car.

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