California state Sen. John Moorlach has proposed building a U.S. version of Germany’s unrestricted Autobahn from just north of Los Angeles to Stockton. His bill, SB-319, wouldn’t need a new highway; it would add two lanes in each direction to I-5 and Highway 99. That’s eight lanes in total on the two major north-south corridors in the Golden State. In any of those lanes, Moorlach said drivers could cover the distance between cities in about 2.5 hours at 100 mph.
The Republican representative of Costa Mesa said he got the idea for his bill before Gov. Gavin Newsom made recent comments seen as closing the door on California’s high-speed rail project. The state broke ground on what was to be a revolutionary (for the U.S.) bullet train in 2008. Trains hitting a top speed of 220 miles per hour were meant to get passengers from L.A. to San Francisco in three hours, for half the price of a plane ticket.