Posts Tagged ‘high-speed rail’

CA Supreme Court decision not full victory for high-speed rail

Friday, October 17th, 2014

On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court declined to review of an appellate Court decision regarding the project. The case commonly is referred to as “Tos/Fukuda/Kings County” after the county and two residents who sued to stop the project. This meant the July 31 ruling of the 3rd A...

Ruling that CA high court upheld hardly favorable to bullet train

Friday, October 17th, 2014

I talked to a couple of insider types Thursday who asked me to explain my take on Wednesday's California Supreme Court announcement on the bullet train. After all that's gone down, they couldn't believe that the justices would clear the way for the state to begin selling bonds for the $68 billion bo...

VIDEO: Gov. Brown’s High-Speed Boondoggle Chugs On

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Gov. Brown’s High-Speed Boondoggle Chugs On

Why would Gov. Brown make high-speed rail a budget priority? The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss better transportation options that would actually serve the needs of Californians. ...

Japan’s 50th bullet train anniversary: What it says about CA

Monday, October 6th, 2014
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Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of commercial operations for Japan's bullet train system. The Shinkansen is by far the most successful bullet train network in the world. The British press and just about no one else outside of Japan thinks this is a big deal. Of course it is a big...

Betty Yee flips, now backs high-speed rail

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Harvey Milk Questionaire

Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has changed her mind about the state's controversial high-speed rail plan. During the June primary campaign, the Democratic candidate for state controller opposed Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build a faster rail connection between San Francisco and Los Angel...

New appeal seeks to halt bullet train

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A new legal move has ratcheted up the legal battle around California's $68 billion high-speed rail project. In a controversial decision late this July, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District brushed aside claims that ballot wording and voters' intent carried legal weight that...

High-speed rail without federal money?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown said he would continue building the high-speed rail project without federal money. It's commendable he doesn't want to burden U.S. taxpayers. But it's hard to see how the project can be built without federal money, which has funded every recent major mass-transit projec...

Tunnel could boost high-speed rail cost

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
high-speed rail tunnel

The cost of the high-speed rail project might be going above the current estimate of $68 billion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced a strategic shift to consider an alternative for its 40-mile Palmdale-to-Burbank link. Instead of the current plan of running it parallel ...

Summary details high-speed rail problems

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
high-speed rail front page

  As construction is going forward, now would be a good time to clear the air a little and summarize California’s high-speed rail project. And why not with a little humor? This month the Santa Clarita Valley Signal published a tongue-in-cheek editorial on the project. It referenced th...

McCarthy slams brakes on federal funding for high-speed rail

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

High-speed rail has a new obstacle: new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield. McCarthy, who has long opposed the plan, has announced that he'll block any new initiatives to direct federal funds toward the project. According to the Wall Street Journal, McCarthy insisted he will "do ...