Jerry Brown, the state's HSR program has ballooned in cost from $64 billion to $77.3 billion and wouldn't be completed until 2033, according to the California High-Speed Rail Authority's (CHRSA) 2018 business plan.
The original goal of connecting San Francisco with Los Angeles "would cost too much and take too long", Newsom said.
Instead, the state will finish roughly 120 miles of track already under construction in the Central Valley, a mostly rural agricultural region that runs down the spine of the state, Newsom said.
In March of last year, the CHSRA announced that the L.A. -San Francisco line would cost $13 billion more and take four years longer to build than original estimates. In his Wednesday tweet, Trump said the state "has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars".
"He made clear that high-speed rail is going to happen-period-and that we need to be smart and efficient in delivering this project that is so critical to our state's economy, environment, and quality of life", Weiner said in a statement. "He added that California owes the feds $3.5 billion over the "'green' disaster" and "we want that money back now". A state audit conducted previous year in November laid the blame squarely on the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The state finally broke ground in 2015 on a 119-mile segment between Madera and Bakersfield, but the project has lost popularity and become a growing political target as it blows through deadlines and budgets. The project which was supposed to transform the state by decongesting freeways and airports while reducing air pollution. "Anchored by high-speed rail, we can align our economic, workforce, and transportation strategies to revitalize communities across our state", he tweeted. "There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency", Newsom said. "We welcome this direction and look forward to continuing the important work on this transformative project".
The state got $3.5 billion in federal funding to complete the Merced to Bakersfield line.
Paul Dyson, the president of the nonprofit Rail Passenger Assn. of California and Nevada, said that the way Newsom spoke to Trump would likely affect future projects. That means the entire San Joaquin Valley soon will connect by commuter rail to the Bay Area, she said in a Tuesday telephone call with The Modesto Bee.
"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, no more xenophobia and no more nativism", Newsom said in a wide-ranging speech.