The state has trying to build a route from Los Angeles to San Francisco for decades. Why does it keep getting derailed?

California’s $77bn high-speed rail project promised “to transform how Californians travel”.

Talk around what was conceived as the US’s first bullet train dates back as far as 1981, with the plan centering around connecting eight of the state’s largest cities, from San Francisco to San Diego. In offering an alternative source of transportation, high-speed rail advocates hoped they would finally solve the state’s notorious traffic issue and lessen the subsequent air pollution created by stalled vehicles.

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