They've inspired music by Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington and the Yardbirds, yet for some reason California seems hellbent on keeping rail travel sidetracked. The proposed bullet train to San Francisco now won't run until 2033 — if at all, thanks to high cost projections — and given all the in-fighting, it'll take about as many years for the long-promised "subway to the sea" to happen. Luckily, there's still plenty of room for all our cars on the freeway.
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
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