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It is difficult to justify why a person would want to take the train from Los Angeles to San Francisco when they can take a plane that will get there faster at about the same cost.

Originally, the cost was supposed to be $50 for a one-way trip from LA to SF.

Now, they are saying tickets would cost an average of $81 each way, with "express" tickets for the fastest trips costing $123 one-way.

The voters were originally promised the one-way travel time would be 2 hours and 40 minutes. Now, with the so-called "blended" approach, the travelers will take a slow speed train from LA to Bakersfield, then transfer to high-speed rail from Bakersfield to Madera, then get on another train in Madera to take them into San Francisco.

It takes about an hour and twenty minutes flight time from LAX to SFO airport. There is some extra time going through the airport security, but who knows what kind of security is going to be at the train stations? All it takes is one significant terrorist incident and the TSA people will be screening people for trains just like they currently do with airplanes.

The cost of a round-trip flight is about $175 from LAX to SFO, but as low as $128 if traveling to San Jose (Silicon Valley).;f=LAX,SNA;t=OAK...

- Pete
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