Well, stay tuned for more talk.
The problem is that with the passing of the big bond measures this past election, supporters are afraid that people might not want to get the state further in debt by supporting another bond measure to help build the sucker. The state is expected to shell out about 3.9 billion dollars (yes, that's with a b) and will peak to about 8.4 billion by fiscal year 2009-2010. That's a lot of money. And the cost of building the bullet train is about $37 billion. The measure has already been passed over in the previous two elections mainly for similar concerns.
The train would be the fastest train in the land, getting up to speeds over 200 MPH. Having ridden one in Japan we can vouch for their coolness. And having spent endless hours on the ACELA train on the East Coast, the closest thing we have to a bullet train here in the states, we can vouch for their effectiveness.
Sadly, we couldn't help note that most of the transportation money that was part of the recent big bond measures was to go to roads. God knows we need to fix a lot of roads in this state, but it's kind of sad that once again we spend all of our money on car related things when we all know we need to spend more money on non-car related things. Especially when it's looking like everyone else is doing it. Hell, if Mexico can do it...