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  • California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail .. Would 'Span the State'

    10/20/2013 5:42:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    NewsBusters. ^ | October 20, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    In a Sunday morning report which tries to put the best possible face on a project which appears to be on track to make the $22 billion "Big Dig" in Massachusetts look like a petty cash disbursement, Juliet Williams at the Associated Press claimed that the $68 billion involved thus far "would span the state." No it wouldn't, unless all of the formerly Golden State north of the San Francisco Bay Area — roughly one-fourth of the state's land mass — were to secede. Williams also wrote: "Voters in 2008 approved $10 billion in bonds to start construction on an...
  • Map Shows Where 220mph Trains Would Go in the U.S.

    03/04/2013 2:59:36 PM PST · by MeganC · 96 replies
    Mashable ^ | 10 Feb 2013 | Charlie White
    Whether a high-speed rail system ever gets built in the United States is still up in the air, but if it is, artist and activist Alfred Twu has figured out exactly where those speedy rail lines should go. Twu started working on this map in 2009, when President Obama's plan to build high-speed rail was unveiled. "There were many such maps being made by various designers," says Twu, but since then he's updated the map with labels and put it on Facebook, and it struck a chord. It's gone viral. "With the huge response it's generated, I created a petition...
  • One Proposal For Amtrak Bullet Train Route: Under Long Island Sound

    09/20/2012 6:53:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 5:01 p.m. EDT, September 3, 2012 | Don Stacom
    As Amtrak studies how to bring bullet trains to its frantically busy Northeast Corridor, one design team is suggesting a radically new route requiring a roughly 18-mile-long tunnel beneath Long Island Sound. Trains speeding from Washington to Boston would run through the heart of Long Island, cross into Connecticut through a tunnel emerging in Milford, head to Hartford and then race east toward Worcester on new tracks running alongside I-84. The segment between Manhattan and Hartford would cost about $20 billion, according to the University of Pennsylvania's high-speed rail design studio, which first put forward the idea in 2010. Overall,...
  • High-Speed Rail Is Definitely Green

    08/29/2012 11:37:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | 8/29/12 | Max Pringle
    Opponents of high-speed rail contend that it's a boondoggle because of its $68 billion pricetag. But a recent UC Berkeley study provides evidence that a California bullet train might be a good investment, particularly when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases and fighting climate change. The study, published recently in the journal Environmental Research Letters, was the result of two years of research by UC Berkeley civil and environmental engineering professor Arpad Horvath and Mikhail Chester, professor at Arizona State University's School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment. The study analyzed the environmental sustainability of a high-speed rail network...
  • What I learned today about SNCF and California HSR (pols prevented I-5 alignment, etc.)

    07/11/2012 4:34:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Market Urbanism ^ | July 10th, 2012 | Stephen Smith
    If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I spent this afternoon on the phone with folks in California, looking into the recent SNCF-CHSRA bombshell. To summarize: SNCF, the highly experienced French national high-speed rail operator, apparently had a plan for California’s HSR network, but was turned off by the highly-politicized routing. Namely, they wanted to make a straight shot from LA to San Francisco by running along the flat, government-owned I-5 corridor with spurs out to the eastern Central Valley, whereas the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and state politicians wanted the main line to go...
  • High-speed spending: Bullet train may need $3.5 million a day

    05/14/2012 6:45:05 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 13, 2012 | Ralph Vartabedian
    If California starts building a 130-mile segment of high-speed rail late this year as planned, it will enter into a risky race against a deadline set up under federal law. The bullet train track through the Central Valley would cost $6 billion and have to be completed by September 2017, or else potentially lose some of its federal funding. It would mean spending as much as $3.5 million every calendar day, holidays and weekends included — the fastest rate of transportation construction known in U.S. history, according to industry and academic experts. Over four years, the California High-Speed Rail Authority...
  • High-speed rail plan slashes costs to calm critics

    04/01/2012 2:14:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/1/12 | Michael Cabanatuan
    State transportation officials have slashed the price tag for California's controversial high-speed rail project by $30 billion and expanded the first stretch of track to run from Merced in the Central Valley south to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. The California High Speed Rail Authority's revised business plan, which will be released Monday in Fresno, calls for those dramatic changes as the agency prepares to ask the Legislature to use $2.7 billion in state high-speed rail bonds to start construction by early next year. The drastic revision, which puts the proposed cost of the system at $68.4 billion...
  • Legal traps could stop California's high-speed rail project

    12/12/2011 8:17:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/12/11 | Dan Walters
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority has an obvious financial problem as it seeks to build a statewide bullet train system. Its latest "business plan" says that it would cost nearly $100 billion to build the backbone of the system, but so far it has only $9 billion in state bonds and a little more than $3 billion in federal money. The CHSRA also has a political problem. The Legislature, which first proposed the bullet train bond to voters, is turning sour on its prospects, which means that it may not give the agency any more bond money to spend. Meanwhile,...
  • The Day the Engineers Turned Against California HSR

    11/04/2011 1:51:22 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/04/2011 | Stephen Smith
    On Tuesday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority laid down their cards in the form of a new “business plan” for the proposed line, and its cards are not good – the system is now projected to cost $98 billion in year-of-expenditure dollars, which, taking into account inflation, is about twice the $33 billion figure given in 2008.* But despite the price hike, not many people’s opinions on the project seem to have changed – those who were for it are still for it, while those opposed are even more set against it. Everyone, that is, except the engineers. I don’t...
  • Bullet train Project Nearly Triples In Cost (High Speed Rail To Nowhere)

    11/01/2011 8:39:12 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/31/2011 | Mike Rosenberg
    With the Golden State nearly broke, it now plans to secure funding largely by borrowing more, the Associated Press reported, though specifics were unclear. About 20 percent would come from the private sector. Until now, the state had been relying on more than $15 billion from the federal government, $10 billion from private investors and $5 billion from local governments. But the state hadn't gotten any closer to raising the money in the three years since voters approved the plan. The bullet train project, which would link San Francisco and Los Angeles with the nation's first high-speed rail line, has...
  • 5 Reasons Why High-Speed Rail Is a Zombie

    08/17/2011 6:49:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | WEDNESDAY, AUG 17, 2011 | JOE MATHEWS
    Officially, California's high-speed rail project is going ahead with construction, scheduled to start late next year. But in reality, the project is in deep trouble, amidst critical reports, escalating cost estimates, revelations of poor governance and the departures of key supporters from the board overseeing the project. The project is a zombie -- still walking, but almost certainly dead. Here are five reasons why: 1. The state budget Backers of high-speed rail thought they were doing a smart thing in 2008 when they convinced voters to pass $9 billion in general obligation bonds for the project. Such bonds are paid...
  • High-Speed Derail

    04/28/2011 6:09:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 28, 2011 | Staff
    Transportation: China's technology of the future has become a boondoggle of the present, piling up debt and resulting in the arrest of the minister of railways. Maybe it's that last part we should be copying. It was supposed to be the modern equivalent of the Great Wall, a web of high-speed rail lines whipping travelers and commuters at speeds of over 200 miles an hour. It was to be a model we were told we needed to emulate to stay technologically competitive. The endeavor was part of China's stimulus package in response to the 2008 global financial crisis. It would...
  • The Chinese Role Model Collapses on the Progressives

    04/24/2011 4:44:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 24, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    For years, China's high-speed rail and green energy programs have been portrayed as miracles that America must follow to remain "in the game."  During the last two years and counting, American taxpayers have been put on the hook for tens of billions of dollars as Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress promote agendas that would supposedly emulate China and lead us to Nirvana.  What is the trouble with this picture?  It has been one giant mirage. The Washington Post runs a column by one of their finest journalists, Charles Lane, that honestly portrays the Chinese high-speed train project as being...
  • China’s train wreck

    04/23/2011 9:50:14 AM PDT · by fifedom · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2011 | CHARLES LANE
    For the past eight years, Liu Zhijun Liu ran China’s $300 billion high-speed rail project. Today, Liu Zhijun is ruined, and his high-speed rail project is in trouble. On Feb. 25, he was fired for embezzling tens of millions of dollars. His ministry has run up $271 billion in debt — But ticket sales can’t cover debt service that will total $27.7 billion in 2011 alone. Safety concerns also are cropping up.
  • President Obama Busts the Budget for Pie-in-the-Sky Amtrak and “Livability” Proposals

    03/04/2011 1:01:56 PM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Mar. 4, 2011 | Ronald Utt, Ph.D.
    President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2012 is an unabashed attempt to grow government and add $1 trillion to the national debt. While a detailed review of the flaws in the President’s budget is beyond the scope of this paper,[1] one of the budget’s more fiscally irresponsible components is the proposal to increase surface “transportation” spending by more than 84 percent (from $58 billion to $107 billion) over FY 2010 spending levels.[2]
  • Gov. Rick Scott says senators want court to push their failed rail policies (suing Scott on HSR)

    03/03/2011 3:17:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Janet Zink Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott says two state senators suing him because he rejected federal money to build high-speed rail want the court to push their failed policies. His sometimes stinging response filed Wednesday with the Florida Supreme Court calls them "senators whose policy preferences have not prevailed in the political process." Republican Thad Altman and Democrat Arthenia Joyner filed the lawsuit Tuesday, saying Scott overstepped his executive authority by killing the project after the Legislature approved it and appropriated money for it. Oral arguments in the case are set for 3 p.m. today. Both sides have asked the court...
  • High Speed to Insolvency (Why liberals love trains)

    02/28/2011 12:56:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies · 3+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Febriaru 27, 2011 | George Will
    ...Remarkably widespread derision has greeted the Obama administration’s damn-the-arithmetic-full-speed-ahead proposal to spend $53 billion more (after the $8 billion in stimulus money and $2.4 billion in enticements to 23 states) in the next six years pursuant to the president’s loopy goal of giving “80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail.” “Access” and “high-speed” to be defined later. ...[Florida's] Rick Scott, has joined Ohio’s (...Kasich) and Wisconsin’s (...Walker) in rejecting federal incentives—more than $2 billion in Florida’s case—to begin a high-speed rail project.... The three governors want to spare their states from paying the much larger sums likely to be...
  • Florida gets more time to vie for high-speed rail money [GOP battle for/against fed $$]

    02/26/2011 4:49:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 26, 2011 | Alex Leary and Janet Zink
    ...some Republican state lawmakers [are studying] suing the governor to prevent him from killing the long-planned project. They contend he overstepped his authority..... ..tea party members who have rallied around Scott implored him not to buckle and implied he would pay a political price for doing so. ......additional time comes as good news to one Republican state senator, Thad Altman of Melbourne, who is considering taking legal action against the governor to save the project...he believes Scott violated the constitutional limits of his executive authority by killing the project after the Legislature had voted to move forward with it. ..."There's...
  • Gov. Rick Scott is done with high-speed rail (rejected plan of local coalitions)

    02/24/2011 12:58:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 24, 2011 | Alex Leary
    Gov. Rick Scott is sticking to his position on high-speed rail and has rejected a plan for a coalition of local governments to take over responsibility. "I remain convinced that the construction cost overruns, the operating costs risk, the risk that we would give the money back if it's ever shut down, is too much for the taxpayers of the state," Scott told the Times/Herald. There was virtually no chance Scott would budge from a week ago, when he rejected $2.4 billion in federal stimulus funding for the Orlando-Tampa line. The decision brought howls of protest by longtime backers of...
  • What High Speed Rail Means for Community Design (Stack 'em & Pack 'em)

    02/09/2011 3:45:41 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 10 replies · 1+ views
    In his state of the union address, President Obama called for 80 percent of Americans to have access to high-speed rail by 2025. An ambitous goal, but perhaps more achievable given Vice President Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood just announced the administration was going to invest more than $53 billion in high-speed rail, adding to the $10.5 billion spent so far. According to The Washington Post, the U.S. High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) says Obama’s plans would cost $600 billion over twenty years. The bulk of those funds will need to be from the private sector, given the dire...
  • Passenger Trains: Clearly the Change We've Been Waiting For

    02/09/2011 5:24:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2011 | John Stossel
    You are our Ruler. An entrepreneur tells you he wants to create something he calls a "skating rink." Young and old will strap blades to their feet and speed through an oval arena, weaving patterns as moods strike them. You'd probably say, "We need regulation -- skating stoplights, speed limits, turn signals -- and a rink director to police the skaters. You can't expect skaters to navigate the rink on their own." And yet they do. They spontaneously create their own order. At last month's State of the Union, President Obama said America needs more passenger trains. How does he...
  • President Obama, China, High-Speed Rail and the Sputnik Moment

    01/26/2011 12:51:51 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 24 replies
    Reason Foundation ^ | 1/26/2011 | Samuel Staley
    Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Americans and Congress to embrace this generation's "Sputnik" moment and spend more on technology and innovation to spur economic growth. America is losing its edge to nations like China, Mr. Obama suggested, because we have failed to commit to a long-term vision to be competitive in this digital age. "China is building faster trains and newer airports," the president said. "Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation's infrastructure, they gave us a 'D.'" "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed...
  • California's Cities Should Look to Oxfordshire

    09/21/2010 3:49:57 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 12 replies · 1+ views
    newgeography ^ | 9/17/10 | Kirsten Moore
    California, now in the midst of a heated debate on high-speed rail, could learn a thing or two from a few small villages in England about consolidating their opposition. Residents from five villages in Oxfordshire created the Villages of Oxfordshire Opposing HS2 (High-Speed Rail 2) action group to voice their concerns about the proposed project. HS2 would link London and Birmingham by 2025, going through Finmere, Mixbury, Fingford, Fulwell, and Newton Purcell in north Oxfordshire. Not only would the rail line greatly alter the countryside landscape, but it would also create an immense amount of noise pollution. Trains would run...
  • America's Coming High-Speed Rail Financial Disaster

    03/20/2010 3:20:24 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 800+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 19, 2010 | Ronald Utt, Ph.D.
    Abstract: President Barack Obama has committed the United States to building at least 13 high-speed rail (HSR) lines, one of the most expensive forms of transportation that a nation could choose. Even in a strong economy, building HSR makes little sense, offering minimal reductions in travel times at exorbitant costs. In the current weak economy and with the government facing massive budget deficits, the country simply cannot afford to squander $8 billion in stimulus funding, $5 billion over the next five years, and billions of dollars in matching state funding on a transportation system that will at best serve a...
  • CA: Senate names former lawmaker to (High-Speed) rail board - Quentin Kopp

    06/13/2006 5:00:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 267+ views
    Senate leaders on Tuesday appointed former Sen. Quentin Kopp to the state's high-speed rail board. Kopp, an independent from San Francisco, served 12 years in the Senate before being termed out in 1998. As a legislator, he served as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and helped create the predecessor to the current rail board. Kopp, 77, served five years as a San Mateo County Superior Court judge after he left the Senate before retiring in 2004. As a retired judge, he still presides over cases through the Assigned Judges Program. He was a San Francisco supervisor for 14 years...
  • Davis' high-speed rail shift faces rough track

    03/10/2003 5:16:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 173+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/10/03 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis' plan to save some money by merging California's ambitious high-speed rail project with the Department of Transportation has hit some rough track in the state Legislature.</p> <p>The Legislature's budget analyst is recommending that lawmakers reject the proposal, saying the better move would be to leave high-speed rail under an independent board and cut some of the department's funding.</p>