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  • thanks to jerry brown and the leftists: the great california train wreck

    05/04/2018 3:23:08 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 50 replies
    barbwire ^ | 20 March, 2018 | Robert Knight
    Let me just say from the outset that I still miss California. When I see news about my former state, it’s like reading the details of a train wreck after having safely disembarked a comfortable time ago. I and my family got to live in Orange County for seven glorious years and another year in the Bay Area when the state was not convulsed with insanity on stilts. It was sunny nearly every day, with low humidity. There were no bugs. Our local amusement parks were Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. We did, as Californians are fond of boasting, go...
  • The High-Speed Rail Projects: Slow Death of the Train to Nowhere

    04/30/2018 10:06:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2018 | John Fund
    Mounting problems may end high-speed-rail projects in California and Texas. A decade ago, high-speed rail was the new, new thing. In 2008, California voters narrowly approved initial bonds for a train that was supposed to go 220 miles an hour and deliver passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes. The next year, the Obama administration’s stimulus bill allocated money for it and several other high-speed lines. But soon the push for trains slowed to a crawl, and now it appears to be on life support. In 2011, the new GOP governors of Florida, Ohio,...
  • You’ll Never Guess What CA’s Bullet Train Will Cost — Or When It Will Finish

    03/10/2018 10:55:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/10/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    That may sound like a clickbaity headline, but it’s proving to be literally true. Apparently, no one can guess it, least of all the California High-Speed Rail Authority that is running the bullet-train project. Their latest projection shows total predicted cost has jumped 20% to $77 billion, with a completion date moved out four years to 2033.For now, anyway. Be sure to check back next week in the Boondoggle Lotto! The price of the California bullet train project jumped sharply Friday when the state rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be...
  • Press Fails to Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

    03/10/2018 7:24:22 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 3/9/2018 | Tom Blumer
    Friday, California's High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project's estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 billion presented to voters in 2008. The related Associated Press story failed to disclose that original cost estimate, as did three leading California newspapers. The Authority's draft discloses that "More than $3 billion has been expended to date on construction in the Central Valley and planning for...
  • Cost for California bullet train system rises to $77.3 billion

    03/10/2018 6:33:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 9, 2018 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    The price of the California bullet train project jumped sharply Friday when the state rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $77.3 billion and could rise as high as $98.1 billion — an uptick of at least $13 billion from estimates two years ago. The rail authority also said the earliest trains could operate on a partial system between San Francisco and Bakersfield would be 2029 — four years later than the previous projection. The full system would not begin operating until 2033. The disclosures are contained in a 114-page business plan...
  • Bullet train sparks fight as old as Texas: progress v tradition

    02/18/2018 8:33:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/16/2018 | Dug Begley
    William Shelton will not let go of the past, even if it is in the way of someone else's future. He has spent more than five years rebuilding his family's ancestral home, board by board, and has no intention of leaving it or the 250-acre farm that has been in his family since 1851. Two years ago, surveyors started showing up, wanting a clear idea of his property lines for Texas Central Railway, the company behind plans for a 200-mph "bullet train" connecting Houston to Dallas. The proposed route would go through Shelton's farm. "I guarantee I will be restoring...
  • Bullet train audit request gains momentum: Breaking View (California, of course)

    01/24/2018 7:03:12 PM PST · by Mark · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 1/24/2018 | Sal Rodriguez
    January 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm Editor’s note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on today’s headlines. California’s bullet train project has basically been one long, embarrassing and wasteful disaster ever since it got started. Alas, it persists. The latest update on the first phase of the project, the 119-mile Central Valley section considered the easiest to build, came out a week ago, when the rail authority had to revise its 2016 cost estimate of $7.8 billion in favor of the more realistic though perhaps still optimistic $10.6 billion. It was originally expected to cost...
  • If you don’t like California’s gas tax increase, you’re not alone

    06/09/2017 10:35:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 9, 2017 | By Christopher Cadelagoccadelago
    California voters overwhelmingly oppose a recent tax and fee package pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-dominated Legislature to pay for road repairs, a new poll finds. The gas tax law, which ushers in a 10-year program to raise more than $52 billion for transportation projects, is so unpopular it could backfire on Democrats in upcoming elections. Fifty eight percent of voters oppose Senate Bill 1, including 39 percent who say they strongly reject the legislation, according to the survey from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. Only 35 percent favor the law, which raises taxes on gasoline and...
  • US approves $650M for San Francisco Bay Area train system

    05/22/2017 2:51:08 PM PDT · by Drago · 42 replies
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (AP) ^ | May 22, 2017 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Trump administration announced Monday that it will fully fund a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system that also would help California's high-speed rail project.
  • High-speed Hyperloop track ready for first trial run

    04/07/2017 1:07:53 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 7, 2017 | By Cara McGoogan
    he first tests of Elon Musk's revolutionary high-speed transport system could begin soon after Hyperloop One, one of 12 companies competing to make the idea a reality, completed its test track. The company has finished work on its 500 metre long testing tunnel, which is situated in the Nevada desert, near Las Vegas, and has a diametre of 3.3 metres. It is expected to run initial trials on the near-supersonic speed train in the first half of this year. Hyperloop One announced the news alongside 11 proposed routes for the super-fast transport, all of which are in the US. The...
  • California's Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

    03/21/2017 8:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/21/2017
    State Waste: The Golden State's vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it's probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From the very beginning, it has been a testament to political hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, outright lies and abysmal planning. The bullet train idea was floated on a blustery gust of political promises in 2008, when proponents put the high-speed rail to the state's voters...
  • WA Governor Directs $1M to Study High-Speed Rail

    02/21/2017 3:18:18 PM PST · by Publius · 46 replies
    Next City ^ | 14 February 2017 | Rachel Dovey
    The idea of a high-speed train connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland was floated by a private organization last year. Now, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has set aside $1 million in his new state budget to study whether such an idea has legs (or, more accurately, rails). According to Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center, the region has the right geography for a high-speed line, CBC News reports. "They’re the right distance where it's small enough that the train would compete very well with an airplane," he told the news site. "If you get too much longer, then...
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential [tr]

    01/14/2017 6:33:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2017 2:45 PM | Ralph Vartabedian
    California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning,...
  • French state orders 15 high-speed trains to save factory

    10/04/2016 2:00:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 04 Oct 2016 11:12 GMT+02:00
    The French government has confirmed that it will order 15 high-speed TGV trains in a bid to prevent the historic Alstom train-building plant from closing. The announcement was made by France’s secretary of state for industry Christophe Sirugue on a visit to the Alstom factory in Belfort, eastern France. Normally, the state-owned rail operator SNCF would be in charge of ordering new trains, but given the plight of the Belfort factory and the small matter of a looming presidential election, the government has chosen to act on its own. …
  • France told there's no more money for TGVs

    09/30/2016 8:01:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:50 GMT+02:00
    The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday announced its opposition to the construction of more high-speed TGV routes in France for at least the next 15 years, targeting three planned high speed rail routes in particular. A report into infrastructure financing has advised against pouring money into “projects where the socioeconomic viability is doubtful, the costs are unreasonable and the finance plan is still unknown”. Plans for LGV lines connecting Bordeaux with Toulouse and Dax, Poitiers with Limoges, and Montpellier with Perpignan were singled out as costly and unnecessary. …
  • Yet another green fail imperils California half-fast ‘bullet’ train

    05/27/2016 7:53:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Jerry Brown’s dream of constructing a high speed rail line connecting the Bay Area with Southern California suffered a major setback this week, but rest assured every effort is being made to spend enough money quickly enough to make pulling the plug seem unreasonable. Construction costs of the project have escalated so rapidly since the times state voters narrowly approved a bond issue that instead of constructing new tracks in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the trains will share existing tracks with conventional freight and commuter trains, drastically increasing travel time, and making the trains half-fast at best. But...
  • U.S. Throws China Off High-Speed Rail Project

    06/10/2016 7:18:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 9, 2016 | Te-Ping Chen
    U.S. Throws China Off High-Speed Rail Project China state media says XpressWest’s move is irresponsible By Te-Ping Chen June 9, 2016 5:42 a.m. ET 26 COMMENTS BEIJING—A high-speed rail agreement touted as a symbol of U.S.-China cooperation has fallen apart less than a year after it was signed. XpressWest, a private U.S. company, on Thursday said a venture with China Railway International to build a high-speed rail line to link Southern California with Las Vegas won’t proceed. In a statement, the U.S. company said it terminated the partnership because of “difficulties associated with timely performance” and its Chinese partner’s challenges...
  • China will not build L.A.-to-Vegas rail line — U.S. company calls the deal off

    06/09/2016 8:34:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    L A Times ^ | 06/08/2016
    Nine months after announcing that China would help build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the private U.S. company behind the plan said late Wednesday that the deal was off. A bullet train stops at the platform before it travels to Lanzhou from the Urumqi south railway station in XpressWest said the decision to terminate the relationship with China Railway International was based “primarily upon difficulties associated with timely performance and CRI’s challenges in obtaining required authority to proceed with required development activities.” XpressWest indicated that its “biggest challenge” was a federal government requirement that high-speed...
  • High-speed rail gets a four-year delay

    05/18/2016 11:45:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2016 | MICHAEL GRUNWALD
    High-speed rail is turning out to be a slow-speed proposition. The first segment of California’s first-in-the-nation bullet-train project, currently scheduled for completion in 2018, will not be done until the end of 2022, according to a contract revision the Obama administration quietly approved this morning. That initial 119-mile segment through the relatively flat and empty Central Valley was considered the easiest-to-build stretch of a planned $64 billion line, which is eventually supposed to zip passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours. So the four-year delay is sure to spark new doubts about whether the state’s—and perhaps...
  • Chinese bullet train in Venezuela stalls as alliance derails

    05/15/2016 3:39:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 5-14-16 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    It was once billed as a model of socialist fraternity: South America's first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela to bring development to its backwater plains. Now all but abandoned, it has become a symbol of economic collapse — and a strategic relationship gone adrift. Where dozens of modern buildings once stood, cattle now graze on grass growing amid the rubble of the project's gutted and vandalized factory. A red arched sign in Chinese and Spanish is all that remains of what until 16 months ago was a bustling complex of 800 workers. That's when the project's Chinese...