To see high-speed rail done right, California should study Taiwan

The Fresno Bee
Date: October 20, 2019
By: Joe Mathews

A high-speed train coursing through the Taiwanese countryside. ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE SPECIAL TO THE BEE

When it comes to fast trains, a California consensus has hardened: High-speed rail is beyond us.

We may be the world’s high-tech capital, but high-speed rail is just too technically challenging for us. We may have one of the planet’s richest economies, but high-speed rail is too expensive. We are a sprawling state of 40 million, but we’re too small to construct even one high-speed rail line.

But if we’re right about powerlessness to deliver high-speed rail, then how do we explain Taiwan?

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