California’s Alternative to Their Bullet Train

California’s high-speed rail is out and now an “American Autobahn” is being proposed. Should we adopt this no-speed-limit system in the U.S.?

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It seems California’s much-talked-about bullet train, which would have connected Los Angeles to San Francisco, is highly unlikely to be completed. After delays and rising costs, the U.S. Department of Transportation has decided to cancel nearly $1 billion of federal funding for the train.

They’ve completed 119 miles of the near 400 miles between the two cities, but the Trump administration does not believe the project will be completed by the 2022 deadline, and the delays have increased the total cost to nearly $77 billion.

“Let’s be real,” California governor Gavin Newsom said in his first State of the State address. “The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.”

As a substitute to this failed endeavor, State Sen. John Moorlach has proposed creating California’s version of Germany’s infamous Autobahn, according to USA Today. His bill would add four lanes with no speed limit to Interstate 5 and California State Route 99.

Speed limits currently vary by state, but they typically max out at 70–75 mph. Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming are the only states, however, that do have speed limits of 80 mph on certain highways, and one portion of Texas’ State Highway 130 has a limit of 85 mph.

Nonetheless, enforcing higher speeds seems like a dangerous strategy; higher speeds can increase accident rates as well as the severity of accidents. “We have routinely seen studies that show when states raise speed limits, they can expect higher deaths,” said Maureen Vogel, spokeswoman for the National Safety Council.

But according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were 9,717 speed-related deaths from among 37,133 total road fatalities in 2017, a decrease of almost 2 percent from 2016. And a World Health Organization report estimates road traffic deaths in Germany at 4.1 per 100,000 people compared to 12.4 per 100,000 in the U.S.

The removal of the speed limit is cause for a healthy debate, but the addition of four lanes to the I-5 freeway could be a godsend for California drivers who continuously use the congested highway.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

California’s high-speed rail is out and now an “American Autobahn” is being proposed. Should we adopt this no-speed-limit system in the U.S.?

45% It works!
55% Too dangerous
52% It works!
48% Too dangerous
30% It works!
70% Too dangerous

It works!

Too dangerous

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