Joe Vranich is the former president/CEO of the High Speed Rail Association, and wrote The California High-Speed Rail Proposal: A Due Diligence Report for Reason, which is very critical of the Rail Authorities plan.
Today Joe wrote:
There was a time when my naivetÈ in supporting government spending programs caused me to think that public officials would do their best in running this or that program. And for nearly 40 years I've supported high-speed rail systems in writing, in speeches here and abroad and in testimony before Congress.
But last week I testified against California's high-speed rail plan before a state Senate committee, causing my surprised friends to ask, "How can you oppose something you've believed in for so long?"
He goes on to answer that question here. A good read.