Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, says he wants to fund a New York to Los Angeles high-speed rail link. Will we be paying for it too?
Elon Musk would like to get you there faster.
But before Musk can rail you up, a constitutional amendment will have to be agreed on by the respective states, first. Then it has to be approved by Congress. And if that all gets through all that, then Musk will need to hire a construction contractor and then a train builder. More legalistic wrangling might be required because Musk says it will be better if their counterpart has been doing the work for 18 years. The logistics just get more and more complicated.
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Musk is mucking around with something here.
Musk’s dream is to build a high-speed network of superfast trains between New York and LA. How long would such a system take to reach? No estimates have been given and most experts are dubious.
This is Musk’s dream. But can we afford it?
Given the current situation in the United States, with so many states facing fiscal insolvency, Elon Musk is faced with a dilemma.
He can do nothing and float the idea on the stock market or he can do something and hope a community will support him.
So, can Musk actually build a subway here?
He has been in contact with the city of New York. But the city has opposed proposals for such a project because they do not consider it feasible.
But who could then fund such a project?
First, Elon Musk.
Second, New York state.
Third, an environmental group.
Fourth, big cities along the lines of Dallas, Atlanta and Miami.
Fifth, the developer of Desert Trails in Las Vegas.
Sixth, an individual interested in China.
Musk has been in contact with the city of New York. But the city has opposed proposals for such a project because they do not consider it feasible. Is it feasible? No estimates have been given and most experts are dubious.
The city of San Diego has shown interest in partnering with Tesla on a project of a similar size, but Musk has said that he would need to do work on a thicket of regulatory issues and cost projections that would make a project such as this financially unviable.
In short, Musk is trying to build a sub-Taj Mahal. Something like the Lalibela.
And at the end of the line?