LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A proposed multi-billion-dollar rail project was the target of skepticism from yet another group on Thursday.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports construction workers are speaking out against the embattled project.

Kyle represents some of the rail workers — some of whom are unemployed — who attended the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s monthly meeting at Metro headquarters in downtown Los Angeles to have their say on the $100 billion project.

The price tag was projected to be around $33 billion when voters approved the project in 2008.

“We’re not talking about spending $98 billion today or the next year or in two or three year, we’re talking about spending it over 20, 25, 30 years, so when you look at that it’s reduced down significantly on a per-year basis,” said Kyle.

Analysts have produced conflicting estimates over how many jobs the railway would create — a number that gets increasingly more unclear as the target completion date for the system is pushed back from 2020 to 2034.

Comments (4)
  1. Johnny in West L.A. says:

    Soooo, What You people think is that because the, “completion date for the system is pushed back from 2020 to 2034” that that Creates Jobs for Too Long or NOT Long Enough?
    Am I Missing something here?

  2. Chuey says:

    Since this will largely be funded by the feds, it will require more than thousands of manly Union construction workers, at prevailing wage. Management will be at least 50% top-heavy, while workers will be forced to attend hundreds upon hundreds of hours of core values/sexual harrassment/cultural diversity training. The budget will come in late and 50-billion over. Just wait and see. This would have been a smart thing to undertake 40-years ago…..

  3. larry scheib says:

    Californians need to spend the first few billions on HSR infastructure which will benefit communities regardless if HSR trains ever are approved. For instance, BNSF has at grade lines through Madera which are very dangerous and could be elevated or lowered to allow car traffic freedom to move without rail stops. These changes can be combined with what needs to take place for HSR to run through Madera

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