"Even the enthusiastic Spanish officials are curious about the logic of starting in the sparsely populated middle of California. The environmental benefits won’t be realized, they said, if the cities along the first line don’t have enough people to generate ridership.
“You need to have either Los Angeles or San Francisco,” said Pedro Pérez del Campo, environmental policy director for ADIF, Spain’s Administrator for Railway Infrastructures. “They should build it where it will have an impact so that people will support it.”
What’s so funny about this article is how it so conflicts with the message that the Brown administration tried like hell to sell last week, to wit: All the problems we’re seeing have to do with poor management, because the concept is just so, so awesome and can make lots and lots of money."
Lessons from Spain’s bullet train: The numbers are lies, and it’s all about politics, not economics | Calwhine.com