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  • More than 50 RTD train trips canceled Monday amid operator shortage ( Denver )

    11/18/2019 8:04:01 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Scripps Media ^ | Nov 18, 2019 | Kurt Sevits
    DENVER — The Regional Transportation District continues to deal with a widespread shortage of train and bus operators, and that resulted in a large number of canceled trips Monday. As of 6 a.m. Monday, RTD’s website was showing more than 50 canceled trips ... Beyond canceled trips, the shortage has resulted in many operators working six days a week. Officials have been weighing whether to reduce service in some areas to make up for the lack of drivers,
  • Emails show sales tax revenue going toward projects that are ‘not what most voters have in mind’

    11/05/2019 8:18:38 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Center Square ^ | Nov 1, 2019 | Derek Draplin
    Taxpayer watchdog group: Emails show sales tax revenue going toward projects that are ‘not what most voters have in mind’..[ full title] ... A Colorado Springs tax watchdog group obtained communications between city employees that show discussion of using sales tax revenue for traffic reduction and bike lane infrastructure while other city officials have denied that’s where funds would be directed. City voters approved a road improvement ballot measure called 2C in 2015, which is up for renewal in the Nov. 5 election. 2C is a 0.62 percent sales tax increase that is supposed to be dedicated to road maintenance...

    10/31/2019 8:23:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle ^ | October 28, 2019 | Charles C. Bonniwell
    Crony Bidding And Gross Incompetence Reign.. At a time when Coloradans are desperately pleading for improved and new roadways the agency in charge of the same, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), is mired in the greatest crisis of its long-storied existence . ... In December 2018, Governor Jared Polis appointed 35-year-old Shoshana Lew as his new Executive Director, a history major .. She replaced Governor Hickenlooper's appointment of 56-year-old Michael Lewis, an engineer with extensive public construction management experience. ... Lew's primary qualification .. was her close relationship to Michelle Obama who called the newly elected governor for a...
  • Texas Central is making progress in its aim to build the nation's first 'bullet train'

    10/06/2019 5:17:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Progressive Railroading ^ | September 2017 | Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor
    At a ceremony held last month at Houston’s City Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner could hardly contain his enthusiasm about a proposed 240-mile bullet train between the city and North Texas. Joining Turner at the event were representatives of Texas Central Partners LLC, the private company that plans to build a high-speed rail system based on Japan’s Shinkansen N700 technology to transport passengers from Houston to North Texas in about 90 minutes. The Aug. 17 ceremony was organized to sign a joint agreement in which the city pledged its support for the project, which is estimated to cost between $10 billion...
  • California High-Speed Rail board votes to bring trains to San Francisco

    09/23/2019 6:24:21 AM PDT · by cutty · 55 replies
    Vox Media, ^ | Sep 20, 2019 | Adam Brinklow
    Blended route” for the way to San Jose—and beyond. California’s ongoing bullet train project is late, over-budget, and politically assailed everywhere from Sacramento to the White House, but the nearly $80 billion venture still (pardon the term) chugs along, as the High Speed Rail Authority board voted Tuesday for routes that will eventually connect trains to the Bay Area. Out of four route proposals, board members favored a Merced-to-San Jose connection designated Alternative Four, one that “blended configuration between San Jose and Gilroy in the existing Caltrain and Union Pacific Railroad corridors before continuing to a dedicated high-speed rail alignment...
  • Mishandling of California High-Speed Rail Land Deals Adds to Mounting Costs, Delays

    09/16/2019 6:28:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    KTLA ^ | 09/16/2109
    Seven years after its land buying program began, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has yet to acquire hundreds of parcels, even though the state has the power to condemn property in the way of its future tracks. At the same time, the rail authority has become landlord to surplus acreage that serves no purpose in furthering high-speed rail but still must be managed by the state. It owns toxic waste sites, vacant lots and rental homes.
  • Study suggests high-speed transit system to mountains could provide economic benefits

    08/24/2019 11:57:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    Sky-Hi News ^ | August 21, 2019 | Sawyer D'Argonne
    A high-speed transit system through the mountain corridor could serve as a major economic boon to communities on the Western Slope, according to a new study recently published by Development Research Partners. A high-speed transit system — likely in the form of a train that would carry passengers and light freight between Denver International Airport and Eagle County Regional Airport — was listed in the 2011 Record of Decision issued by the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration as a potential long-term solution to dealing with congestion on Interstate 70. Late last year, stakeholders — including the...
  • California farmers furious over delayed payments for land seized in high-speed rail push

    06/14/2019 3:32:00 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | June 14, 2019 | Andrew O'Reilly | Fox News
    Farmers up and down California’s Central Valley are up in arms over the state seizing their land to build its long-awaited high-speed railway and then failing to pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars owed them for years. Thanks to an order of possession by the Superior Court, California can take private land through eminent domain for the troubled bullet train project. While landowners are expected to eventually be reimbursed for the property – and for expenses like lost farming production, irrigation replacement projects and road construction – many farmers in California’s agricultural heartland say state officials have offered them...
  • Outrage: California Stiffed Farmers Over Land Seized For High-Speed Rail Route

    06/12/2019 7:22:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/12/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Good Lord. More than three years after the state of California seized land through eminent domain for its high-speed rail boondoggle, the state has yet to pay farmers expenses they owe them. And in some cases, they still owe them for the land as well — even while it remains questionable whether the state will ever get around to using it: Up and down the San Joaquin Valley, farmers have similar stories. The state can take land with a so-called order of possession by the Superior Court while it haggles over the price.But farmers often face out-of-pocket costs for...
  • High-speed rail route took land from farmers. The money they’re owed hasn’t arrived ( California)

    06/11/2019 4:29:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | JUN 10, 2019 | Ralph Vartabedian
    John Diepersloot squinted under a bright Central Valley sun, pointing to the damage to his fruit orchard that came with the California bullet train. He lost 70 acres of prime land. Rail contractors left mounds of rubble along his neat rows. Irrigation hoses are askew. A sophisticated canopy system for a kiwi field, supported by massive steel cables, was torn down. But what really irritates Diepersloot is the $250,000 that he paid out of his own pocket for relocating wells, removing trees, building a road and other expenses. “I am out a quarter-million bucks on infrastructure, and they haven’t paid...
  • How China's Railways Are Leading to High-Speed Debt

    05/26/2019 8:32:31 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 33 replies
    Ozy ^ | AUG 19 2018 | Tom Mitchell and Xinning Liu
    On a recent weekday morning, Liu Ai’jun boarded one of eight daily high-speed rail (HSR) services between Urumqi, capital of China’s north-western Xinjiang region, and Hami, an oasis town 614 kilometers to the east. The trip, along the longest and most expensive line in the country’s HSR network, took just three hours and cost RMB 167 ($24). Previously Liu, a self-employed elevator salesman and technician, used to rely on infrequent and expensive flights between the two cities. Before the new HSR line was completed in 2014, the train between Urumqi and Hami took seven hours. “If you’re not in a...
  • California Sues Trump Administration for $1 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds

    05/23/2019 7:23:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/23/2019 | Rick Moran
    The state of California wants the rest of America to pay for their high-speed rail boondoggle and they're willing to sue Washington to get it. Recently, the Trump administration canceled a $1 billion federal grant to the state that would have helped fund the high-speed rail project so beloved by California politicians. But Governor Gavin Newsom says that the cancellation had more to do with politics than anything else. The suit claims the feds nixed the grant due to "political retribution" for the state's opposition to border wall funding. The state will also file a request for a temporary restraining...
  • Trump Administration Pulls $1B For California High-Speed Rail Project

    05/16/2019 2:11:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    SF CBS ^ | May 15, 2019 | ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — The Trump administration cancelled nearly $1 billion in federal money for California’s high-speed rail project Thursday, further throwing into question the future of the ambitious plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Federal Railroad Administration’s announcement it would not give California the money came several months after sniping between President Donald Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom over the project. The administration will still try to force California to return another $2.5 billion that has already been spent. Trump had seized on Newsom’s remarks in February that the project as planned would cost too much and...
  • California high-speed rail project’s estimated cost rises to $79B, report says

    05/01/2019 11:17:37 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01 2019 | Dom Calicchio
    Critics of California’s plan to link the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas by high-speed rail have cited the estimated cost of the project – and now that cost is projected to increase by about $2 billion, according to a report. The state’s High-Speed Rail Authority now estimates that the plan will cost about $79 billion – with the price of the Central Valley segment already under construction rising from $10.6 billion to $12.4 billion, Bloomberg reported. The revised cost estimates were attributed to changes in the scope of the project and planning for contingencies, the report said.
  • Trump to Use ‘Nuclear Option’ to Recover $2.5 Bn from California’s Failed High-Speed Rail Project

    02/22/2019 6:54:44 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/22/19 | Joel Pollak
    The $2.5 billion has already been spent — but California has failed to deliver the high-speed rail (on time, or at all) as promised. Therefore, the Trump administration argues, the state has to repay federal taxpayers. The Los Angeles Times quoted Stanford law professor David Freeman Engstrom, a Stanford law professor, describing Trump’s effort as a “nuclear option.” The practice of recovering money after a breach of contract, while common in the private sector, was virtually unheard of in government, he explained. “There is a reluctance to penalize misspending by local government agencies. … Almost never do those violations result...
  • Trump Takes Back $1 Billion from California; Gavin Newsom Complains:..

    02/19/2019 7:28:34 PM PST · by chief lee runamok · 121 replies
    breitbart ^ | 02/19/2019 | Joel Pollak
    The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it was canceling a federal grant to California worth nearly $1 billion after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the cancelation of the state’s high-speed rail project last week.
  • Yes, Let's Get Real on California High Speed Rail!

    02/14/2019 11:35:52 AM PST · by Publius · 41 replies
    Despite what you might have heard, Gov. Gavin Newsom reaffirmed California's commitment to high-speed rail in his State of the State speech on Tuesday. Newsom said California must "be real" about high-speed rail in the state, and that there "simply isn't a path" to completing the full vision of the project, which would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles by bullet trains in less than 3 hours. At the same time, he affirmed the state's commitment to completing the 119-mile first phase, which will connect Bakersfield to Merced. Most media reports portrayed Newsom's announcement as a scaling back of the...
  • A Democratic governor just quashed Democrats’ dreams of high-speed rail in America

    02/13/2019 7:16:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 13, 2019 | by Colby Itkowitz
    President Barack Obama secured $8 billion in his 2009 economic stimulus package to start building toward the dream of true high-speed trains whisking passengers between major American cities. It was a paltry amount compared to the hundreds of billions it would actually take to fulfill that dream, but it was considered a serious down payment. At the time, Obama’s transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, said, “I’m not a historian, but I know this: One of the legacies for this administration, for the president and the vice president, will be high-speed rail. That will be their transportation legacy.” A decade later, little...
  • Wait… Is Gov. Newsom Canceling The High-Speed Rail Line Or Not? (Walking Back?)

    02/13/2019 8:07:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/13/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday, our writer, Allahpundit took a deep dive into the somewhat shocking announcement that Gavin Newsom, the new governor of the Golden State, was canceling California’s massive, decades-long cash sinkhole known as the high-speed rail line from LA to San Francisco. It seemed like a fairly common sense decision, given how much cash has been poured down that particular rathole and the ballooning estimates of the additional bills to come. But it creates some very sticky political terrain, particularly at the dawn of the Green New Deal (GND) era. Perhaps that’s why Newsom appeared to be walking the announcement...
  • Robbery in Broad Daylight: California kills 73% of bullet train, keeps 100% of taxes

    02/13/2019 7:06:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2019 | Chriss Street
    Gov. Gavin Newsom told the California Legislature the bullet train was so over budget that he would kill 73 percent of the track and still spend 100 percent of the taxes.  Facing another cost spike, Gov. Gavin Newsom stunned a joint session of the Democrat-controlled Legislature by proposing to slash the 520-mile voter-approved and taxpayer-funded system that would have stretched from Anaheim through the Central Valley to San Francisco, while keeping the 119-mile stretch from Bakersfield to Merced. In his formal appearance as governor in front of lawmakers, Newsom claimed that his priorities are combating the state's homelessness crisis...