The people, organizations, and ideas reshaping the country. A journey piloted by James Fallows with Deborah Fallows.
The chairman of California's costly and controversial infrastructure project explains why (in his view) it actually will get built—and whether its champion, 77-year-old Governor Jerry Brown, is likely to be able to take a ride.
An index to the arguments pro and con about the most ambitious infrastructure project in the United States
Who should get the benefit of the doubt when we consider the unknowable future?
"No one should have the illusion that this phase is going to be completed for $1.2 billion. This is a political number." So says a critic of the surprisingly low successful bid. The rail system's chairman begs to differ.
Three weeks from now, a groundbreaking ceremony on the most important infrastructure project now underway in the United States
Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.
"Would you prefer a system where you can be instantly teleported from SF to LA? Of course. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen."
"Should we invest in infrastructure? Absolutely! But the right kind of infrastructure." Some ideas on what that might mean.
In next month's election, Jerry Brown is seeking a fourth term as California's governor and public support for his plan for a north-south bullet train to transform travel in a car-dependent state. Here is more of what's at stake.
Everybody talks about the future, but nobody does anything about it.
"The decision on HSR is going to shape the future in ways we can’t predict, and a touch of modesty in the arguments would be welcome."
You want to hear more about the biggest infrastructure project being considered anywhere in the country? You've come to the right place.
"Bad, bad, bad," and other critiques
And so do some readers.
People in Los Angeles and San Francisco often say that the initial links in a proposed north-south system would be "trains to nowhere." People from nowhere weigh in.
A solution looking for a problem? A genuine leap forward? The best we can expect from messy political half-measures? Or something truly brave? Take your pick.
For your reference, a detailed pro-and-con about the most ambitious current attempt to change America's transportation infrastructure
It's time for broader national attention to the most expensive and ambitious infrastructure proposal in America today.
Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let's hear what they say.
The Erie Canal. The transcontinental railroad. The Interstate Highway system. Big, expensive, controversial—and indispensable. Is the next one in this series a new rail network in our most famously freeway-centric state?