this timeline that involves thousands of prop-
erties, this is a first.”
The earliest the high-speed train would be
able to accept passengers is 2025, when it would
connect the city of San Jose to the Central Val-
ley. The Los Angeles-to-San Francisco run
would open in 2029 and ferry passengers
between the cities in two hours and 40 minutes
at speeds up to 220 mph. These dates are depen-
dent on public support (which has waned in
recent years) and funding. In California, the
project continues to face opposition from
Republicans in the legislature as well as farmers
in the Central Valley.
“Not everybody is supportive of the project,
but I have young kids, and I want to see this get
built,” Parent says. “I want to ride a train to Disneyland with my children and grandchildren.” F
Deborah R. Huso is a freelance writer based
in Earlysville, Virginia.
800-mile high-speed rail line is to
be built in phases.
Phase one is shown
in blue; phase two,
in yellow. The