He reputedly enjoys a good ride and the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been in Japan trying out East Japan Railway’s bullet train to see if it can revolutionise transport in his home state.
With federal funds available, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation prepared to chip in, Arnie is taking a look at trains in China and South Korea as well before spending tens of billions of dollars. The line will go from San Francisco to Los Angeles, then on to San Diego. Work could start by 2012, with an inauguration pencilled in for 2020.
“The prime minister has, you know, made a very good presentation and talked about high-speed rail, how important high-speed rail is for Japan, and how helpful they could be to California, to help us build the high-speed rail,” said the former film star.
California has received the biggest slice of President Obama’s eight billion dollar high-speed rail infrastructure package, part of his 863 billion dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.