Bullet train won't make it to Anaheim in latest high-speed rail plan
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2012
The California bullet train project has dropped a link to Anaheim from its current $68-billion plan, officials confirmed Friday, marking a significant departure for the Bay Area-to-Southern California high-speed rail system that state voters approved in 2008.
Under revised plans, the first phase of the line would have its southern terminus near downtown Los Angeles rather than in Orange County.
Bullet train passengers would have to transfer to slower Metrolink or Amtrak trains in Los Angeles to reach Anaheim, Orange County’s largest city. Until now, officials had vowed that under the first phase, the bullet trains would whisk riders about 40 miles southeast of downtown to the Disneyland area.
Electrifying and improving the Los Angeles to Orange County route would cost $6 billion and save only 10 minutes of travel time, said rail authority Chairman Dan Richard.
“Why would we do that, pay $600 million per minute?” he said in an interview.
Richard said the savings to be achieved by dropping an Anaheim link from the initial construction plans made financial sense.