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'Smart' highways, not bullet trains, for California

'Smart' highways, not bullet trains, for California

The state's $68-billion-plus high-speed rail project would have been a great idea — in the last century. In the 21st, there's a better, cheaper, more California solution to moving people long distances: smart highways.

For an estimated $2 billion, we can add smart lanes to Interstate 5 in both directions between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For those keeping track, that's 32 times less costly. And much of the necessary technology is being developed here in California. In contrast, while future high-speed trains might be built in the United States, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has asked for and received a waiver of the "Buy America" requirements for...