It is a huge win for the 21st Century.
It is one of the top stories of the year 2012.
And it has moved trains forward for the rest of the country.
I first learned about it from the BBC, where it was a Page One story on their website. The New York Times buried the story on page A10. I didn't hear any other news outside of California about it. Like the American public, the American media is behind on the 21st Century.
A few points:
1.As California goes, so goes the nation.
Many if not most of the new initiatives in our country begin in California. Of course, some things originating in California have caused great damage to our nation - - Sonny & Cher for example - - but the Cal. high speed train will create a nation-wide impact.
2.Gen Y will move there.
Gen Y already moving to SF and San Diego. But now watch how Gen Y moves to other cities along the route. Eventually states sending their best smartest young people to California will figure out where their children are winding up, and will want trains.
3.Economic revitalization will happen.
The Brits understand that trains create economic prosperity. Americans don't - - yet. But the certain eventual success and revitalization of cities on the route and California's economy as a whole will provide dates, data, facts and figures to demonstrate before-after economic impact of high speed rail.
I've been celebrating for a month now. There will be obstacles, steps backward, hurdles, opposition - - just like with the Interstates 50 years ago - - but I will keep partying over the big news.