A company hoping to help California with its high-speed rail built one in North Africa instead, saying the region was ‘less politically dysfunctional’

FILE – This Dec. 6, 2017 file photo shows an elevated section of the high-speed rail under construction in Fresno, Calif.
A French state-owned railroad operator wanted to help California with its high-speed rail project.
The company left after the state refused to listen to its recommendations, The New York Times reported.
“SNCF was very angry,” Dan McNamara, a project manager for SNCF, told the Times.

The Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF), a French state-owned railroad operator, came to California in hopes of helping the state build a high-speed rail system from Los Angeles to San Francisco but left for North Africa in 2011 because the region was ‘less politically dysfunctional’ than the Golden State. 

Within 7 years, they built a functioning high-speed rail system in Morocco, the New York Times reported.

California sought to have the first high-speed rail system in the country, but a new report from the Times showed political disagreement on the train’s route…

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