California's Bullet Train to Cost $98.5 Billion: What Else That Can Buy


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The latest estimated price tag for California's high-speed train is now $98.5 billion. We found out what else that amount can buy.

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California’s bullet train can get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 hours and 40 minutes, according to estimates from the California High Speed Rail Authority. But the price to build the high-speed system is about the only thing moving lately.

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London's Wembley Stadium, pictured here, is considered one of the world's most expensive sports complexes. Some estimate it cost $1.64 billion to build. With $98.5 billion, you can build 60 Wembley stadiums.

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The B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber is an American heavy bomber made by Northrop Grumman. Some estimate the total program costs, including development, engineering and testing, averaged $2.1 billion per aircraft. $98.5 billion can buy 46 bombers.

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L.A. Live, as pictured here on Dec. 3, 2009, cost an estimated $2.4 billion to build. With $98.5 billion, 38 more entertainment complexes just like it can be built.

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The cost to build MGM and Dubai World's CityCenter project on the Las Vegas strip came in at $9.2 billion. Ten CityCenters could be built with $98.5 billion, which is the current estimate for California's bullet train.

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Boston's Big Dig project is widely known as one of the most expensive public works projects in the nation, costing by some estimates, $22 billion. $98.5 billion could pay for 4 Big Dig projects.