Mr. Brown championed the rail project at a time when it has seemed increasingly endangered. The cost has doubled to $98.5 billion. The notion of starting the work in a sparsely populated section of the state has been ridiculed. And support for rail projects in Congress has all but died.
Here's a This Week in Northern California video report on the current travails of the proposed HSR system, including opposition to the project in the Central Valley. The report was produced in cooperation with Train Wars, a documentary film about high-speed rail, now in production.