The Dallas-to-Houston bullet train has been under fire from landowners along the proposed route since development began. However, the rail now has another public relations obstacle to overcome — the inevitable comparisons to the $77 billion, Los Angeles-to-San Francisco high-speed rail debacle.
After years of cost overruns and schedule delays, California Gov. Gavin Newsom considerably scaled back the project, announcing last week that construction would continue only on the Central Valley portion of the rail from Merced to Bakersfield. The project was dealt another blow this week when the Federal Rail Administration notified the California High-Speed Rail Authority that it intends to cancel a $929 million funding agreement for the line.