Dallas Morning News 4/4/14 By Mike Hashimoto

High-speed rail in these United States has been more tragicomedy than anything remotely resembling a serious transportation solution. In part, it’s because the great majority of high-speed headlines have originated from my native state of California, where you can almost afford the weather and scenery.

The latest news from California is completely unsurprising: That two-hour, 40-minute breeze from San Francisco to Los Angeles, that linchpin of the pitch that convinced a bare majority of voters in 2009 to approve $9 billion in public borrowing for the bullet train?

Did we say two hours and 40 minutes? And you believed us?

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