California, meet the future.
In Zaraza, Venezuela, a factory that was supposed to be building the country’s first bullet train stands hollowed out and abandoned. Cattle roam the site and chew on the grass that grows through the rubble.
A decade ago, the government said the high-speed rail line would extend 290 miles, carry 5 million passengers per year and bring economic revitalization to agricultural areas far from the coast.
Instead it’s one of “many unfinished politically motivated projects dotting Venezuela,” in the words of Associated Press writer Joshua Goodman, who reported recently on the dismal fate of the railway.