Instead if using 100 billion dollars to build a high speed rail system that will serve a limited pool of Californians, we should explore the possibility of creating a maglev rail system (MLRS) adapted for use by the majority commuters who still drive in single occupant vehicles. Existing vehicles could be retrofitted and new vehicles could provide the feature as an option.
The Department of Transportation could choose an existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane to begin a pilot program. Existing internal combustion engine vehicles that have been retrofitted with a MLRS skid underneath the chassis would access the lane just as they do a traditional HOV lane.
The rail gently sloped in the center of the lane would be oval shaped (similar to Bott dots but continuous and larger surface area). Once a vehicle gains access to the MLRS its speed, load and lift would be centrally controlled, creating a truly intelligent highway that is commuter friendly, green and cost efficient.