California Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, signed a bill into law Wednesday authorizing some $8 billion in funding for a controversial high-speed rail project.
Location of Gov. Jerry Brown's signing of legislation to fund beginning of high-speed rail project: Union Station in Los Angeles
Time of first signing at Union Station: 10 am, Wednesday morning
Location of Gov. Brown's second appearance of day to promote signing: site of future Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco
Scheduled time of second signing: 2 pm
Time between start of two events: 4 hours
Time high-speed rail is supposed to take between LA and San Francisco when project is complete: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Estimated cost of train ticket between two cities when project complete: estimates have varied, up to $123, with promise of less than airplane ticket.
Estimated cost of a train ticket when idea was sold to voters in 2008: about $50
How Brown traveled between the two cities Wednesday: by airplane
Cost of a one-way Southwest Airlines ticket from LAX to SFO Wednesday if purchased Wednesday: $140
Same Wednesday ticket if purchased Tuesday: $80
Lead Prop Zero blogger Joe Mathews is California editor at Zocalo Public Square, a fellow at Arizona State University’s Center for Social Cohesion, and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (University of California, 2010).