For $5.6 billion, China has built a 250-mile high-speed rail line connecting Tibetan capital Lhasa with the city of Nyingchi, featuring 47 tunnels and 121 bridges — which account for 75% of the whole route. As reported by CNN, China solved a serious technical challenge in constructing one of the world’s highest rail lines, at 9,000 feet elevation, including nine stations — all done for $5.6 billion!
While their nonunion workers are paid less, that does not explain why our train costs 20 times more per mile than theirs. Where did our $12 billion go? How many pockets were lined with cash in our fiasco?
Our train folly is perhaps the most expensive per-mile above-ground line ever constructed. We need a forensic audit and federal investigation.