USA: A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address on February 12. Newsom said the project 'as currently planned' would 'cost too much and take too long', and added that there had been too little oversight and not enough transparency. 'There simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to Los Angeles', he said, and thus the north and southern sections of the proposed route would not be built. However, the section in the Central Valley will still go ahead. 'We do have the capacity to complete a high speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield', he said, rejecting as 'wrong and offensive' any claim that this would be a 'train to nowhere.' The 190 km Initial Operating Section of the high speed line between Madera and the northern edge of Bakersfield must be completed by December 2022 to meet a federal government deadline.