Supporters state that they first need to test it in rural areas prior to connecting to the big cities. Others state that Governor Brown is using this to leave a legacy. Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio have turned down the Federal stimulus money for rail projects.
My concern is how California is going to fund the whole project. Funding is still unclear. Ridership estimate seems too be very, very optimistic or even unrealistic. I live in California, and I love it here. We all know that California needs to improve mobility across the state, but the high speed rail project might not be the answer right now, considering the many budget cuts every state agency has to face.