Automation threatens dream of 450,000 unionized California High-Speed Rail jobs

Numerous sources claim California High-Speed Rail will create 450,000 permanent jobs by 2035. But, France’s national railway corporation SNCF plans by 2019 to begin testing an automated high-speed freight train with a goal of automated high-speed passenger service by 2023. Automation may end up eliminating many more jobs than just engineers. Ticket service, surveillance, security, safety inspections, custodial services, and even food service are likely targets for automation.

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