They’ll have a little help from the federal government, too, of course. $3.2 billion worth. For now.

From The Associated Press:

The state Senate voted 21-16 on a party-line vote Friday after intense lobbying by Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders and labor groups.

The bill authorizes the state to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter-approved bonds to build an initial 130-miles stretch in the Central Valley. That would allow the state to collect about $3.2 billion in federal funding that could have been rescinded if lawmakers failed to act Friday.

Cue the celebratory tweets:

https://twitter.com/ticomotion/status/221382250644779008

All aboard, indeed. All aboard the Pain Train.

https://twitter.com/imjuelz/status/221382011573637124

https://twitter.com/otterbop/status/221388527827566592

https://twitter.com/SighWTF/status/221388178035191808

https://twitter.com/drinksonant/status/221383406368464896

https://twitter.com/mmckinnon51/status/221380852624523264

What are the odds that this project will come in at or below the proposed budget? With a predicted cost of $68 billion, does it even matter?

Great job, California. While you’re working on your fancy bullet train, you may just derail yourself.